This year marked my long overdue return to the annual Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) meetings. I presented a paper titled “Sympathetic Archaeologies: Reflections on a Decade of Public Engagement in Rosewood, Florida,” which examined some of the recent work I’ve completed in Rosewood as well as the planned work supported by a recent grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. You can read the abstract below.
Abstract: This paper examines archaeology’s unique role in discussions of race in America. The case study is drawn from a decade of archaeological research into the history of Rosewood, Florida; a majority African-American community destroyed during a 1923 event commonly referred to as the Rosewood Massacre. The author provides specific examples illustrating how the sustainability of this project is possible through a mix of traditional and digital archaeological methods, documentary research, and sympathetic engagements with both descendant communities and local landowners. The paper concludes with an overview of upcoming archaeological work scheduled for 2018 and 2019.