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Archaeologists and Archives: Revisiting an Old Challenge

  • Heidi Bauer-Clapp (a1) and Katie Kirakosian (a2)
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Archaeology as a field is experiencing a curation crisis—our professional paper trail is extensive, and we are not properly trained to adequately catalogue and curate these records. For decades, a handful of archaeologists have pushed for our discipline to confront this crisis—we need better methods for creating records and maintaining archives, as well as stronger training in how to effectively conduct archival research. This issue of Advances in Archaeological Practice echoes these earlier calls to action, adding new voices and perspectives. In addition to the theme of a curation crisis, our authors discuss access to archival records and the relationship between archives and power. The authors and guest editors of this issue hope the contributions presented here will inspire more sustained engagement with archival training, theory, and praxis.

El campo de la arqueología se encuentra actualmente en una crisis de conservación: nuestro rastro documental profesional es extenso y no tenemos la formación adecuada para catalogar y conservar de manera apropiada estos registros. Durante décadas, un puñado de arqueólogos ha impulsado la disciplina para enfrentar esta crisis. Necesitamos mejores métodos para crear registros y mantener archivos, así como una formación más profunda para realizar la investigación archivística de forma efectiva. Esta edición de Advances in Archaeological Practice repite estas anteriores llamadas de atención, incorporando nuevas voces y perspectivas. Además del tema de una crisis de curación, nuestros autores discuten el acceso a los registros de archivos y la relación entre archivos y poder. Los autores y editores invitados de esta edición esperan que las contribuciones presentadas inspiren un compromiso más sostenido con el entrenamiento, la teoría y la práctica archivística.

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