Photo elicitation as a tool for expanded participation in community archaeology

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Abstract

Photography can be a useful and distinct method for community engagement and collaboration, especially when used as a tool to add depth to oral history or ethnographic interviews. In particular, 360-degree panoramic photos can mimic walking interviews, thereby allowing participants to virtually re-inhabit spaces within the study site, encouraging new dialogues about the materiality of historic places and personal experiences within them. This method of photo elicitation can enable more participation from those who may not be able to physically join archaeologists on a site that is difficult to access due to time, mobility limitations of participants, or the terrain of the landscape. I use examples from a community-based archaeology project focused on the site of a nineteenth century Bahamian plantation to demonstrate how photo elicitation can reveal unique insights into the ways that local people of all ages understand, interact with and value the historical site today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-57
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Community Archaeology and Heritage
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was made possible through funds from the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (Grant No. 9024) and Engaged Anthropology Grant (Gr. EAG-140), and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Grant No. 1451512). I would like to thank my research partners at the Bannerman Town, Millars and John Millars Association, the One Eleuthera Foundation, and the Wemyss Bight Community Library. Special thanks to Drs Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Elizabeth Chilton, Sonya Atalay, and Laurie Wilkie. Additional thanks to Evan Taylor for photography. Thank you to the University of California, Berkeley, the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology for facilitating this article as open access.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork [grant number 9024] and Engaged Anthropology [grant number EAG-140], and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship [grant number 1451512]. This research was made possible through funds from the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (Grant No. 9024) and Engaged Anthropology Grant (Gr. EAG-140), and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Grant No. 1451512). I would like to thank my research partners at the Bannerman Town, Millars and John Millars Association, the One Eleuthera Foundation, and the Wemyss Bight Community Library. Special thanks to Drs Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Elizabeth Chilton, Sonya Atalay, and Laurie Wilkie. Additional thanks to Evan Taylor for photography. Thank you to the University of California, Berkeley, the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology for facilitating this article as open access.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Virtual reality
  • accessibility
  • collaborative research
  • digital research methods
  • ethnographic archaeology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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