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Archaeologists tend to rely on scientific methods to reconstruct past histories, an approach that can alienate local indigenous populations and limit the potential of archaeological research. Essays in this volume argue that listening to and learning from local and descendant communities is vital for interpreting the histories and heritage values of archaeological sites. Case studies from around the world demonstrate how a humanistic perspective with people-centric practice decolonizes the discipline by unlocking an intellectual space and collaborative role for indigenous people. These examples show how listening to oral traditions has opened up broader understandings of ancient rituals in Tanzania—where indigenous knowledge paved the way to significant archaeological finds about local iron technology. Archaeologists working with owners of traditional food ovens in Northern Australia discovered the function of mysterious earth mounds nearby, and the involvement of local communities in the interpretation of the Sigiriya World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka led to a better understanding of indigenous values. The ethical implications for positioning archaeology as a way to bridge divisions are also explored. In a case study from Northern Ireland, researchers risked sparking further conflict by listening to competing narratives about the country’s political past, and a study of archival records from nineteenth-century grave excavations in British Columbia, where remains were taken without local permission, reveals why indigenous people in the region still regard archaeology with deep suspicion. The value of cultural apprenticeship to those who have long-term relationships with the landscape is nearly forgotten today, contributors argue. This volume points the way to a reawakening of the core principles of anthropology in archaeology and heritage studies. Contributors: Peter Schmidt | Alice Kehoe | Kathryn Weedman Arthur | Catherine Carlson | Billy Ó Foghlú | Audrey Horning | Steve Mrozowski | George Nicholas | Innocent Pikirayi | Jonathan Walz | Camina Weasel Moccasin | Jagath Weerasinghe

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Archaeologies of Listening: Beginning Thoughts
  2. Peter R. Schmidt and Alice B. Kehoe
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. PART I. Listening with Patience
  1. Ethnoarchaeologies of Listening: Learning Technological Ontologies Bit by Bit
  2. Kathryn Weedman Arthur
  3. pp. 25-46
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  1. Continuing Writings on Stone
  2. Camina Weasel Moccasin
  3. pp. 47-64
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  1. Listening and Learning: The Benefits of Collaboration
  2. Stephen A. Mrozowski
  3. pp. 65-93
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  1. Listening to Experts: The Directions Indigenous Experience Has Taken the Study of Earth Mounds in Northern Australia
  2. Billy Ó Foghlú
  3. pp. 94-112
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  1. Listening to History Performed in Pilgrimage
  2. Jonathan Walz
  3. pp. 113-130
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  1. Local Narratives, Regional Histories, and the Demise of Great Zimbabwe
  2. Innocent Pikirayi
  3. pp. 131-152
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  1. PART II. Reaching for Epistemic Humility
  1. “Listening to Whom and for Whose Benefit?”: Promoting and Protecting Local Heritage Values
  2. George Nicholas
  3. pp. 155-176
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  1. Listening and Waiting, Excavating Later
  2. Peter R. Schmidt
  3. pp. 177-201
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  1. Listening, Hearing, Choosing? The Challenge of Engaging Archaeology in Conflict Transformation
  2. Audrey Horning
  3. pp. 202-223
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  1. Sigiriya Rock: Global Heritage Commodified, Local Heritage Forgotten, and Who Is Listening?
  2. Jagath Weerasinghe and Peter R. Schmidt
  3. pp. 224-246
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  1. PART III. Biographies of Archaeologies of Listening
  1. A Lineage of Listening
  2. Alice B. Kehoe
  3. pp. 249-271
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  1. 13. Colonial Encounters of First Peoples and First Anthropologists in British Columbia, Canada: Listening to the Late Nineteenth-Century Voices of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition
  2. Catherine C. Carlson Commentary by Alice B. Kehoe
  3. pp. 272-282
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 283-286
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  1. Index
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