1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

The Phoenix Factor in Community Archaeology, NW Tanzania: Disease, Revitalization, and Heritage for the Future

If there is a common thread that weaves together different yet successful genres of community archaeology, it is an understanding by community members of archaeological principles and the capacity of archaeology to impact identity and historical representations. Communities without prior comprehension of archaeology or heritage research require the development of trust and reciprocal relationships as well as patient mentoring and exposure to the practices of archaeology. Heritage initiatives taken by communities in NW Tanzania built on four decades of familiarity with archaeology: first as hosts, participants, and interlocutors in archaeological and heritage research; then as archaeological supervisors in regional research, and as consumers and proponents of the power of archaeology to valorize local history; and finally as advocates of heritage and archaeological initiatives that built on these prior experiences. This background set the scene for a flowering of interest in reclaiming and revitalizing heritage sites and intangible heritage, leading to locally developed and managed projects designed to create enhanced economic and cultural well-being in a society devastated by HIV/AIDS over the last three decades.

Event Date: 
Friday, 27 October 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Peter Schmidt
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University of Florida