Author: William A. White, III (University of Arizona)
Community-based public archaeology projects seek to reclaim aspects of the past while addressing the needs and concerns of local communities. Sometimes this work forces archaeologists to tack between the desire to conduct original research and the need to simultaneously navigate complex economic, social, and political conditions. The River Street Archaeology Project in Boise, Idaho is a perfect example of how archaeologists, historic preservationists, archaeology advocates, and a constellation of educational and government organizations collaborated in an attempt to reclaim the unwritten past of a multi-racial neighborhood. The 2015 field school is a case study in how archaeological data and history production can empower a community to reclaim its heritage.
How to Cite: White III, W.A., (2017) “Creating Space for a Place: The River Street Archaeology Project”, Arizona Anthropologist 27.