Brian Hayden

Grant Type

Workshop Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Toronto, U. of

Grant number

Gr. CONF-904

Approve Date

October 3, 2022

Project Title

Hayden, Brian (Toronto, U. of) "Making Digital Portals to the Past for Communities"

The goals of this workshop are: 1) to explore innovative digital approaches and solutions that help bridge disconnects between academic and Indigenous communities in re-examining interpretations of past culture heritage, and; 2) to explore digital approaches that can help advance the development of a new body of theory which integrates Indigenous Knowledge Systems with traditional Western scientific paradigms. Digital approaches can play a key role in this endeavor as they are redefining relationships between methodological capabilities and theoretical developments, allowing more holistic and interactive approaches for knowledge mobilization of research. This can aid in knowledge co-production between academic archaeologists and non-archaeologists, in particular Indigenous groups. A major impediment in realizing the potential of archaeology for Indigenous communities has been the accessibility of the data in easily comprehendible formats, an issue which digital techniques can help address. Excavations from the Keatley Creek site provide an ideal example to use in exploring digital solutions for these goals. A range of digital formats were used during excavations and analysis. Analysts of materials from the Keatley Creek site will discuss their digital data for dissemination of archaeological results in order to explore ways to co-produce knowledge and interpretations of the past with Indigenous communities.