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Migrating People, Migrating Borders: Archaeologies of Latinas/os in the United States, Past and Present

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Albert Gonzalez, Anthropology, Southern Methodist University

Archaeological Research Facility

North-American ethnic archaeologies abound. The last several decades have seen the emergence of African-American and Asian-American archaeologies alongside the initiation of efforts to decolonize the archaeology of Native America. Considering the proliferation of ethnic and revisionist archaeologies, the current absence of any archaeology of Latinas/os in the historical and contemporary United States is a striking thing. Why has no such field yet been developed? How might such a field come to be developed? And how might the adoption of the analytical category of Latina/o archaeology be justified? This talk addresses those questions by drawing together several archaeological and material-culture studies of Latina/o migration, historical borderlands communities, and of everyday life in Latina/o households, past and present.