Archaeology and settler colonialism: Matthew A. Beaudoin, ‘Archaeologists Colonizing Canada: The Effects of Unquestioned Categories’, Archaeologies, 2016, pp. 1-31
Abstract: The labelling and categorization of archaeological sites have consequences for the interpretation and subsequent research completed. As such, we as archaeologists must always be vigilant regarding the unintended consequences of labels we attach, or choose to omit, from official site information. These problems become compounded when governmental control codifies existing archaeological conventions and renders them rigid and difficult to change. Using the current archaeological registration database information for Brant County, Ontario, Canada, this paper demonstrates how imaginary pasts are created through archaeological convention and governmental codification and the consequences of these uncontested actions.
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