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date: 26 September 2023

Heritage, Archaeology, and Local Communities in Sudanlocked

Heritage, Archaeology, and Local Communities in Sudanlocked

  • Rebecca BradshawRebecca BradshawUnited Arab Emirates University
  •  and Geoff EmberlingGeoff EmberlingUniversity of Michigan


As a discipline with colonial origins, archaeology is increasingly addressing ways in which it has supported historical and current inequalities. One essential aspect of this work is engaging in conversations and collaborations with local communities, particularly to understand varying conceptions of heritage. Another is through attention to the benefits that derive from archaeological research—does fieldwork primarily support (foreign) archaeologists and their careers, or do local communities and professional colleagues also benefit? These issues have been developing particularly rapidly in Sudan, where development and international funding have supported a number of fieldwork projects in various forms of community engagement.


  • Archaeology
  • Sociocultural Anthropology

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