On April 19, 2016, Michelle Hegmon (Arizona State University) will present “Archaeology of the Human Experience.”
I will lead a discussion about the Archaeology of the Human Experience (AHE), a new approach that I am developing with a number of colleagues and students (Hegmon 2016). AHE endeavors to understand what it was actually like to live in the past that archaeologists study, and thus takes a humanistic and historical view.
AHE to date focuses on investigating the conditions of life in the past and how they came to be. It is, in part, inspired by simple but difficult questions often asked by students and visitors to our research projects: What was it like to live in this pueblo? What did people do all day? What did they eat? Wasn’t that hard/uncomfortable/smelly? AHE also strives to make these kinds of questions an important part of humanistic and social science inquiries.
Many of these questions could be answered with research that involves public participation and insights from various fields. My presentation will encourage this kind of participation and pursue possible avenues for future work.