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FEL-273171-21
Turning over the Spade: Startup Approaches to Transforming Labor Relations in Jordanian Archaeology
Allison Mickel, Lehigh University

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The Invisible Experts of Middle Eastern Archaeology: In Stories, Networks, and Visions (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Invisible Experts of Middle Eastern Archaeology: In Stories, Networks, and Visions
Abstract: Archaeology in the Middle East has involved, for more than 200 years, foreign-led excavations hiring teams of site workers from the local communities in the region. These locally-hired laborers have carried out the bulk of the shoveling, sifting, and dirt-hauling for most of the archaeological work in the region, but rarely appear in publications or even excavation archives. Their expertise and their perspectives on Middle Eastern archaeology have largely disappeared. But through a combination of ethnographic work, social network analysis, and emancipatory photography, I present some ways of seeing the often-invisible knowledge that local laborers possess about the archaeological work which has relied on them for so long. These strategies also suggest how we might adjust our excavation methods to be more inclusive, and therefore more produce a more accurate and thorough archaeological record.
Author: Allison Mickel
Date: 10/08/2021
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia

Panel Presentation at Unsilencing the Archives, Roundtable hosted by the Badé Museum of Biblical Archaeology (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Panel Presentation at Unsilencing the Archives, Roundtable hosted by the Badé Museum of Biblical Archaeology
Abstract: This virtual roundtable introduces our new online exhibition entitled “Unsilencing the Archives: Laborers at the Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations (1925-1936).” The virtual roundtable discussion features Dr. Hamed Salem, Birzeit University (Palestine), Dr. Eric Cline, George Washington University (U.S.A.), and Dr. Allison Mickel, Lehigh University (U.S.A.). The “Unsilencing the Archives: Laborers at the Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations (1925-1936)” exhibit showcases archival documents, photographs, and film held by the Bade Museum that illustrate the untold stories of local laborers, landowners, and Egyptian reis who contributed to the excavations in Mandate Palestine. Digital Exhibition: https://arcg.is/15Oiq00
Author: Allison Mickel
Date: 9/22/2021
Location: Berkeley, California
Primary URL: https://youtu.be/vuxVySUq360?t=3439


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