Seminar Papers

"The Public Meaning of Archeological Heritage"

A Seminar in Archaeology and Interpretation

Module one of the "Effective Interpretation of Archeological Resources"

shared training program with the National Park Service

How is the past meaningful?  How can people make connections with the archaeological past?  How can people come to understand the long history of diversity that is the true story of America’s past? How does archaeology help us engage in civic dialogue about our Nations’ past and future?  Speakers and participants tackled these important questions in the recent seminar on the “Public Meaning of Archaeological Heritage,” held by the Center for Heritage Resource Studies, University of Maryland, in conjunction with the National Park Service, and the University of Maryland’s Office of Continuing Education.  This two-day training seminar took place at the University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center on October 27-8 as the first module of a four-course training program on Effective Interpretation of Archaeological Resources (NPS IDP Module 440).

            Millions of people visit county, state and national parks every year.  Archaeology in these public places has tremendous potential to broaden our national dialogue about the past and develop more inclusive histories.  The seminar and training were designed to reach those interested in and responsible for programs in archeological research, interpretation, and education in our nation’s public parks and historical sites.  Meeting the educational and outreach mission of the Center for Heritage Resource Studies, speakers focused on the connection between compelling stories about the archaeological past and the public’s continued stewardship of cultural resources that make up our collective heritage.

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A selection of presentations from this recent seminar are available by following the links below.  Please click here to see the full program for the seminar.

 

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Welcoming Remarks

             Edward Montgomery, Dean, University of Maryland

 

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Welcoming Remarks

             Francis P. McManamon, Departmental Consulting Archeologist, National Park Service

 

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Introduction

       Paul Shackel, Director, Center for Heritage Resource Studies

 

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International Perspectives on the Interpretation of Archaeological Sites 

             Gustavo Araoz, US/ICOMOS

     

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Heritage Tourism

             Angel Nieves, University of Maryland

 

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Heritage: Poetry and Archeology as the Common Language of the Past, the Present, and the Future

             Suheil Bushrui – Baha’i Chair of World Peace

 

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Case Study – Colonial Legacies and the Public Meaning of Monacan Archaeology in Virginia

            Jeffrey Hantman, University of Virginia

 

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Case Study  - Independence National Historical Park (link to project website)

            Jed Levin, National Park Service

                                   

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Heritage, Archaeology and African American History

            Cheryl LaRoche, University of Maryland

 

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Case Study Using the Past in Calvert County, Maryland: Archaeology as a tool for building community

            Kirsti Uunila, Calvert County Office of Planning

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