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Excavating the Homeplace: Archaeologies and Histories on the Southern Illinois Frontier

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)


Annelise Morris, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Archaeological Research Facility


In this talk, I’ll discuss my 2012 fieldwork on my homeplace, a farmstead which dates to the early 19th century located in Southern Illinois. The archaeological, oral historical and documentary research of this free African-American community examines how the labors of rural farm life can serve as the labors of resistance and persistence societies structured in dominance and racialization. Additionally, I’ll discuss how this research speaks to the ways in which our pasts become our histories, how community archaeology can speak to and engage with these pasts in unique and valuable ways, and what it means to excavate one’s homeplace.


twyrick@berkeley.edu