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Spatial Approaches to the History of Archaeology: Call for Papers

June 6, 2012

HARN members Neha Gupta and Bernard K. Means are proposing a session for the 78th Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) on Spatial Approaches to the History of Archaeology. The SAAs are to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 3-7 April 2013.

Scholars often remark that the practice of archaeology varies regionally. Moreover, archaeologists, including those interested in the history of their discipline, have often observed that specific places are investigated at particular times. What do these statements mean for the practice of archaeology? How and why did these spatial patterns come to be and what we can do about these ‘spatial differences’? We argue that seeing where and when archaeologists carried out field studies is a first step to understanding how these patterns emerged and a prerequisite to addressing what we do not know. To that end we invite scholars to employ spatially explicit methods such as geographic information systems (GIS) to visualize where archaeologists have collected field data, and discuss how perceptions of variation in archaeological practices have influenced our understanding of the history of archaeology. We especially welcome papers on challenges faced in employing spatial approaches to the history of the discipline.

Interested researchers are requested to contact both chairs with their email address, institutional affiliation, and title of their proposed paper:

Session Chairs:

Neha Gupta
PhD candidate, Anthropology
McGill University
nguptag@gmail.com
Dr Bernard Means
Collateral Professor, School of World Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
bkmeans@juno.com

Please note that the SAA has changed its submission process and participants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new web registration system and deadlines:
http://saa.org/Default.aspx?TabId=1419

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