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Community Engagement and Near Eastern Archaeological Collections: The Syrian-Australian Archaeological Research Collaboration Project

Andrew Jamieson

Abstract

Some critics of traditional academic archaeological research note that it has the potential to alienate local communities driving a significant ‘wedge’ between archaeologists and the communities in which they work. The Syrian-Australian Archaeological Research Collaboration Project was initiated mindful of the need to engage local communities in the archaeological process beyond the extraction activity. This paper discusses a future plan to utilise the archaeological collections in the engagement of local communities from the Euphrates River valley in northern Syria.

Acknowledgments

The author would like to express his sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Sabina Franke, organiser and convenor, for including this paper in the Workshop on The Future of Near Eastern Studies at the RAI 61.

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