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Links
Media Coverage:
2013
- The Day
2007
- Indian Country Today
2006
- Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT
- WUMB FM 91.9, Boston, "Commonwealth Journal" radio interview, edited to emphasize project). Additional unaired segments available here: 1, 2).

2005
- The Day, New London, CT
- American Archaeology
2004
- Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT
2003
- The Day, New London, CT
   

 

Links
- Department of Anthropology
- M.A. Program in Historical Archaeology
- Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School (forthcoming - but see information to the right)
- The Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research
- University of Massachusetts, Boston

 

Northeastern North America

TransitMy research in this region focuses on Native American communities in southern New England and their long-term histories of continuity and change through centuries of European colonialism. Specifically, I conduct archaeological field research on the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation’s historic 225–acre reservation in southeastern Connecticut as part of the annual Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School. The project has the combined objectives of (1) assisting the tribal community in locating, documenting, and managing their cultural and archaeological sites on the mostly reforested reservation first set aside as a reservation in 1683; (2) pursuing research into the complex material and social ways that the Eastern Pequot community negotiated their place in the colonial world of the 17th through 19th centuries through the venue of households, landscapes, foodways, gender, agency, and labor; and (3) exploring collaborative and community methodology, ethics, pedagogy, and the politics of heritage in indigenous archaeology field schools.

The Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School project is currently or has been funded by the following:

The Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School project began in Summer 2003 at the invitation of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation to initiate archaeological surveys and testing on their traditional lands. The research is a fully collaborative effort involving tribal members, university archaeologists, and undergraduate and graduate students in an annual UMass Boston archaeological field school. The course attracts students from around the country, and it also serves the graduate students in the UMass Boston M.A. Program in Historical Archaeology. Tribal members participate directly on the field crew as excavators, screeners, and cultural advisors. One goal of the endeavor is to explore the possibilities of an indigenous archaeology and the attendant impacts on community relations, politics, field methodology, pedagogy, and archaeological interpretation. You can find published articles on the research by consulting my curriculum vitae webpage.

To further develop this aspect, I led an advanced seminar at the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, Arizona, in October 2005 on the topic of collaborative indigenous archaeologies, drawing archaeologists and Native Americans from several regions in North America. A book on these results was published by the University of Arizona Press in October 2008: Collaborating at the Trowel's Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology.

Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School

EPTNThe field school will not be available for Summer 2014, but please check back for Summer 2015. Applications should be available in January 2015.

 

 

 

 

Summer 2004

Field School 04

 

Summer 2005

Field School 04

 

Summer 2006

Field School 06

 

Summer 2007

Field School 06

 

Summer 2008

Field School 2008

 

Summer 2009

Field School 2009

 

Summer 2011

Field School 2011

 

Summer 2013

Field School 2011

 

 

Department of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts, Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Office: 617-287-6854
Fax: 617-287-6857

Stephen.Silliman@umb.edu

Last Updated January 29, 2014