Reflections on the pedagogy of archaeological field schools within Indigenous community archaeology programmes in Australia

Reflections on the pedagogy of archaeological field schools within Indigenous community archaeology programmes in Australia Journal Article

Public Archaeology

  • Author(s): May, Sally K., Marshall, Melissa, Domingo Sanz, Inés, Smith, Claire
  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1465-5187

Abstract: In this paper we investigate the pedagogy of archaeological field schools. Specifically, we explore the combination of tertiary level field schools and Indigenous community (or community-based) archaeology. Using a detailed case study of a rock art field school in Arnhem Land, Australia, we explore the processes and outcomes of combining archaeological field training with the ideas and methods of community archaeology. We discuss the relationship and unique challenges faced by such community archaeology field schools, particularly that of balancing the priorities of competing stakeholders. Our discussion illustrates the complexities of training students to work in an environment where cultural belief systems are still strongly linked to sites and landscapes. While the challenges are numerous, the outcomes, particularly for students, provide an unparalleled educational experience, one that cannot be obtained in any other learning format.

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May, Sally K., Marshall, Melissa, Domingo Sanz, Inés, Smith, Claire, 2018, Reflections on the pedagogy of archaeological field schools within Indigenous community archaeology programmes in Australia, Journal Article, viewed 08 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14260.

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