IAD Blog

February 10, 2017

University of Puget Sound Holds International Archaeology Day Symposium

Symposium on Indigenous Archaeology in the Tahoma Room, University of Puget Sound. (Courtesy of Jonathan Monk)

The University of Puget Sound Department of Classics, in conjunction with the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, organized an afternoon-long symposium on the practices of indigenous archaeology and broader decolonizing perspectives in education for International Archaeology Day. This symposium was organized in honor of both International Archaeology Day on October 15th and Indigenous Peoples Day on October 10th. The first half of the afternoon featured local archaeologists and museum curators discussing collaborative and community-based endeavors in archaeology, while the second part featured a panel discussion of University of Puget Sound educators and students on incorporating decolonizing perspectives into educational practices. The afternoon was filled with thoughtful and passionate discussions on how archaeology, through its intersection with indigenous histories, values, and rights, could be a springboard for broader perspectives on socially just teaching and research.

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