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  • Searching for the Real Florida in the Land of Make Believe: Historical Archaeology as Public Archaeology, Orange County, Florida

    Orange County encompasses the city of Orlando and is home to over one million residents and attracts millions of tourists annually. Starting in the twentieth century, areas in the county sustained intensive agricultural use and later massive residential and commercial development. As a result of these activities, natural and historic areas were spoiled while others vanished completely. Prior to the 1970s and the establishment of Walt Disney World, the area’s tourism industry revo...

    Community Organizing in Public Archaeology: Coalitions for the Preservation of a Hidden History in Florida

    Baram, Uzi (2011)
    Looking for Angola, an interdisciplinary research project seeking material remains of an early nineteenth-century maroon community, has faced the challenges of locating archaeological remains in an urban environment. Public outreach and community involvement in Bradenton, Florida since 2004 has intersected with public archaeology as applied anthropology, service learning, and civic engagement.  The role of the archaeologist in these types of endeavors deserves continuing attention, and c...

    Rose’s Gift: Slavery, Kinship, and the Fabric of Memory

    One of the most evocative objects in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is an embroidered cloth bag that has come to be known as “Ashley’s Sack”. Stitch-work on the bag, signed “Ruth Middleton”, recounts the bag’s painful history, as a gift presented by an enslaved woman, Rose, to her daughter Ashley, when Ashley was sold at age nine in South Carolina. This paper explores ‘Ashley’s sack’ as an object of history, memory, ritual action, and aesthetic cre...

    The Next Generation: Students Discuss Archaeology in the 21st Century

    The Next Generation Project is a multi-agent, multi-directional cultural diplomacy effort. The need for communication among emerging archaeologists has never been greater. Increasingly, archaeological sites are impacted by military activity, destroyed through the development of dams and building projects, and torn apart through looting. The Next Generation Project works to develop communication via social networking sites online and through in-person meetings at international conferences. As ...
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