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CIAMS Lecture Series: Stephen Mrozowski

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 4:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, G22
232 East Ave, Central Campus

The Challenges and Benefits of Collaborative Research:

Building Histories that have Futures


Presented by

Prof. Stephen Mrozowski

(Fiske Center for Archaeological Research

Department of Anthropology

University of Massachusetts Boston)


October 11th @ 4:30 PM

Goldwin Smith Hall, G22


Abstract: My presentation outlines some of the lessons learned from more than a decade of working with the Hassanamisco Nipmuc of Massachusetts. During the course of this evolving collaboration there have been many epistemological and ontological challenges. Chief among these has been finding common ground between the questions pursued archaeologically and those that hold relevancy for indigenous peoples. Rather than seeing these as contrasting purposes the Hassanamesit Woods Project has found productive ways of joining these into a common purpose. What has emerged is an archaeology that in many respects is traditional in focus that combines sound empirical research with a pragmatic philosophy that sees value in practical outcomes. The result has been a highly productive, socially satisfying collaboration that has been embraced by Nipmuc elders and youth alike. It has also resulted in a series of joint publications as well as book length manuscript that is in progress.



A reception will follow in the History of Art Gallery

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Anthropology, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS)



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Eilis Monahan


Stephen Mrozowski

Speaker Affiliation

University of Massachusetts, Boston


A reception will follow the talk.

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