[Paper] Collaborative and Indigenous Archaeology in the Northern Philippines

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New paper in Advances in Archaeological Practice
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2016.7

Recent trends in the practice of archaeology have seen the emergence of the active involvement of stakeholders in the research process. This is an important development, given that the relationship between archaeologists and the communities that they work with has been tenuous, particularly when archaeological findings contest ethnic identities. As a case in point, the findings of the Ifugao Archaeological Project (Philippines) question the bases of Ifugao identity. Ifugao identity is centered on wet-rice production and resistance to colonialism. Previously, the dating of the inception of the Ifugao rice terraces was placed at 2,000 years ago. The findings of the Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP), however, suggest that the construction of the terraces coincided with the arrival of the Spanish in the northern Philippines. Initially, this finding did not sit well the larger Ifugao descendant communities, but, as our article narrates, the pursuit to actively involve stakeholders in the research process resolved this issue. Our experience in Ifugao has shown that the inclusion of the voices of stakeholders in the interpretation of the past is inadequate because it suggests that indigenous stakeholders are simply contributors to, and not co-investigators of, research projects. As our work in Ifugao demonstrates, primary stakeholders are now co-investigators (exemplified by this coauthored article).

Source: Ifugao Archaeology | Advances in Archaeological Practice | Cambridge Core

Preserving heritage builds community

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Trowulan Source: Inilah.com 20141122

Grassroots efforts to help preserve, maintain and promote the archaeology of Trowulan and the Majapahit Empire has led to real benefits to the community, including economic activity.

Trowulan Source: Inilah.com 20141122

Trowulan Source: Inilah.com 20141122

Pelestarian Majapahit Tingkatkan Ekonomi Warga
Inilah.com, 22 November 2014
Article is in Bahasa Indonesia
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Java Man goes to the mall

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Over the weekend, the Sangiran Early Man Site Conservation Office organised a mini-exhibition at Kota Kasablanka shopping center in Jakarta, in an attempt to bring archaeology to the masses.

Exhibition at the Kota Kasablanka shopping mall in Jakarta, Jakarta Post 20121117

Exhibition at the Kota Kasablanka shopping mall in Jakarta, Jakarta Post 20121117

Java Man visits Kota Kasablanka shopping mall
Jakarta Post, 17 November 2012
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