Public archaeology, knowledge meetings and heritage ethics in southern Africa: an approach from Mozambique

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Article Title

Public archaeology, knowledge meetings and heritage ethics in southern Africa: an approach from Mozambique

Journal Title

World Archaeology

Author(s)

Jopela, Albino and Fredriksen, Per Ditlef

Year of Publication

2015

Volume Number

47

Issue Number

2

Article Pages

261-284

Web Address (URL)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2015.1016583

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Taylor & Francis Online

Language

English

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Abstract: What do researchers and heritage practitioners do when their concepts of place do not coincide with those held by local communities? Discussing a case study from Mozambique against its wider southern African backdrop, this article argues that professionals cannot overlook the fact that many rural communities in this part of Africa do their version of ‘archaeology’ by reconstructing the past via their ancestors. The primary focus is to establish a ground for epistemic levelling between ‘scientific’ and ‘other’ knowledges and an ensuing heritage ethics from which to articulate a set of key tenets for future engagements with local communities and public archaeology. In order to develop an approach that is inclusive and within the scope of ‘a truly engaged archaeology’, we explore the potential of encounters between different epistemologies, between those of professional practitioners and those of the public they engage with.

Additional tags: heritage ethics; different epistemologies; public engagement; Mozambique

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