Trowels, trenches and transformation: A case study of archaeologists learning a more critical practice of archaeology

Jennifer Sandlin, George J. Bey

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to explore how archaeologists who are working at a new archaeological project in Yucatan, Mexico have arrived at new understandings and practices of archaeology that are more environmentally friendly and community inclusive. We position these archaeologists as adult learners, and, using the framework of critical transformational learning, we explore how the transformational journeys of these archaeologists are integrated with social and contextual factors. Findings show that these archaeologists are currently undergoing critical transformational learning but are struggling with how to transform their new critical visions into a more critical practice of archaeology. We conceptualize this struggle as a result of moving from enacting technical action towards enacting practical action and conclude that traditional archaeological training needs to be restructured to provide more guidance on how to enact practical action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-276
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social Archaeology
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

archaeology
learning
Mexico
community
Critical Practice
Trench
Archaeologists
Archaeology

Keywords

  • Critical archaeology
  • Critical transformational learning
  • Heritage management
  • Maya archaeology
  • Reflexivity
  • Social context of archaeological practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology

Cite this

Trowels, trenches and transformation : A case study of archaeologists learning a more critical practice of archaeology. / Sandlin, Jennifer; Bey, George J.

In: Journal of Social Archaeology, Vol. 6, No. 2, 06.2006, p. 255-276.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{6bf5823399044c96a593a824a392d747,
title = "Trowels, trenches and transformation: A case study of archaeologists learning a more critical practice of archaeology",
abstract = "The purpose of this research was to explore how archaeologists who are working at a new archaeological project in Yucatan, Mexico have arrived at new understandings and practices of archaeology that are more environmentally friendly and community inclusive. We position these archaeologists as adult learners, and, using the framework of critical transformational learning, we explore how the transformational journeys of these archaeologists are integrated with social and contextual factors. Findings show that these archaeologists are currently undergoing critical transformational learning but are struggling with how to transform their new critical visions into a more critical practice of archaeology. We conceptualize this struggle as a result of moving from enacting technical action towards enacting practical action and conclude that traditional archaeological training needs to be restructured to provide more guidance on how to enact practical action.",
keywords = "Critical archaeology, Critical transformational learning, Heritage management, Maya archaeology, Reflexivity, Social context of archaeological practice",
author = "Jennifer Sandlin and Bey, {George J.}",
year = "2006",
month = "6",
doi = "10.1177/1469605306064243",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "6",
pages = "255--276",
journal = "Journal of Social Archaeology",
issn = "1469-6053",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Trowels, trenches and transformation

T2 - A case study of archaeologists learning a more critical practice of archaeology

AU - Sandlin, Jennifer

AU - Bey, George J.

PY - 2006/6

Y1 - 2006/6

N2 - The purpose of this research was to explore how archaeologists who are working at a new archaeological project in Yucatan, Mexico have arrived at new understandings and practices of archaeology that are more environmentally friendly and community inclusive. We position these archaeologists as adult learners, and, using the framework of critical transformational learning, we explore how the transformational journeys of these archaeologists are integrated with social and contextual factors. Findings show that these archaeologists are currently undergoing critical transformational learning but are struggling with how to transform their new critical visions into a more critical practice of archaeology. We conceptualize this struggle as a result of moving from enacting technical action towards enacting practical action and conclude that traditional archaeological training needs to be restructured to provide more guidance on how to enact practical action.

AB - The purpose of this research was to explore how archaeologists who are working at a new archaeological project in Yucatan, Mexico have arrived at new understandings and practices of archaeology that are more environmentally friendly and community inclusive. We position these archaeologists as adult learners, and, using the framework of critical transformational learning, we explore how the transformational journeys of these archaeologists are integrated with social and contextual factors. Findings show that these archaeologists are currently undergoing critical transformational learning but are struggling with how to transform their new critical visions into a more critical practice of archaeology. We conceptualize this struggle as a result of moving from enacting technical action towards enacting practical action and conclude that traditional archaeological training needs to be restructured to provide more guidance on how to enact practical action.

KW - Critical archaeology

KW - Critical transformational learning

KW - Heritage management

KW - Maya archaeology

KW - Reflexivity

KW - Social context of archaeological practice

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33646709683&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33646709683&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/1469605306064243

DO - 10.1177/1469605306064243

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:33646709683

VL - 6

SP - 255

EP - 276

JO - Journal of Social Archaeology

JF - Journal of Social Archaeology

SN - 1469-6053

IS - 2

ER -