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resources for a responsible archaeology

Standpoint Methodology and Epistemology


Harding, Sandra (2015). Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Liboiron, Max (2017). Film on Tools, Practices, and Ethics for Monitoring Marine Plastic Pollution Developed in a Feminist Lab

From Resham Redmond:


Franklin, Maria. "A Black feminist-inspired archaeology?." Journal of Social Archaeology 1, no. 1 (2001): 108-125.


Battle-Baptiste, Whitney. "The other from within: a commentary." In Past Meets Present, pp. 101-106. Springer, New York, NY, 2007.


Epperson, Terrence W. "Critical race theory and the archaeology of the African diaspora." Historical Archaeology 38, no. 1 (2004): 101-108.

Anzaldúa, Gloria (1999). Borderlands / La Frontera. Chapter 7: "Towards a new Consciousness", pp. 99-113.

Gates, Louis Henry and Jennifer Burton (eds.) (2011), Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies. Norton.

Asante, Molefi Kete (2009). Where is the white professor located?

From Nikki Grigg:

Agbe-Davies, Anna (2010). "Concepts of Community in the Pursuit of an Inclusive Archaeology." International Journal of Heritage Studies16(6):373–389.

Allen, Jafari Sinclaire and Ryan Cecil Jobson (2016). “The Decolonizing Generation: (Race and) Theory in Anthropology Since the Eighties.” Current Anthropology 57(2): 129-148.


Atalay, Sonya (2006). "Indigenous Archaeology as Decolonizing Practice." American Indian Quarterly 30(3/4):280-310.


Decanonizing Anthropology syllabus created by graduate students at Oregon State University (2019):


Heath-Stout, Laura and Elizabeth Hannigan (2020). "Affording Archaeology: How Field School Costs Promote Exclusivity." Advances in Archaeological Practice. 8(2):123-133.


Kawa, N. C. et al. (2018). "The Social Network of US Academic Anthropology and its Inequalities." American Anthropologist 121 (1):14-29.

Archaeology and the Politics of the Past (2020) syllabus with extensive reading list:   PDF 

UCAN Anti-Racism Reading List (coordinated by Jamie Countryman):           LINK 

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Photo by Gary Cosby Jr, reproduced with his kind permission. 

Published originally in the Tuscaloosa News.

Archaeology in the Time of Black Lives Matter

a Zoom discussion panel

Thursday, June 25

4:10 - 6:00 PM EST         INFORMATION

FYI: "The University of Chicago’s Founding Ties to Slavery and the Path to Reparations", by Caine Jordan, Guy Emerson Mount, and Kai Perry Parker (2018).

Reflections on Race: A Multimedia Resource Guide, from the University of Chicago

Black Trowel Collective Microgrants - a collective of archaeologists (from PhD students to faculty members) committed to the active support of archaeology students from working-class and historically looted communities.

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