Anthropology faculty

Sioban Hart  Siobhan Hart

   Assistant Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009
   Archaeologist
   shart@binghamton.edu
   607-777-2100
   Science 1, Room 229

Research interests

My research examines heritage practice, the politics of community recognition, and collaborative research. As an anthropological archaeologist, I am interested in what we know about the past, how we know it, and how it matters to people today. My research is unified by a concern with using archaeology, material culture, and community collaboration to address inequities in the world today. Engaging with contemporary communities about past lives and experiences through heritage work provides a focal point for dialogue and action that can improve quality of life, increase sociopolitical power, and contribute to dismantling structural inequalities.

I have three current projects that research colonialism, community, and heritage in different ways: (1) a study of archaeological assemblages from 17th century Native American sites in New England's Connecticut River Valley; (2) an examination of New England's Native American heritage landscapes, community recognition, and political power; and (3) a study of heritage and sustainability and digital storytelling in Rust Belt urban settings including Binghamton, New York.


Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

2015   Digging and Destruction: Artifact Looting as Meaningful Social Practice. Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton. International Journal of Heritage Studies 21(4):318-335.

2014   Indigenous Archaeologies Section Entries. Co-editor (invited) with Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu and Sean Ulm. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeologies. Springer.

2012   Materiality and Autonomy in the Pocumtuck Homeland. Co-author with Margaret Bruchac. Archaeologies 8(3):293-312.

2012   Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology. Co-editor with Maxine Oland and Liam Frink. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2012   Decolonizing through Heritage Work in the Pocumtuck Homeland of Northeastern North America. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology, ed. M. Oland, S. Hart, and L. Frink, pp. 86-109. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2012   Lost in Transition: Pathways to Decolonizing Indigenous Histories in Archaeology. Co-author with Maxine Oland and Liam Frink. In Decolonizing Indigenous Histories at the "Prehistoric/Colonial" Intersection in Archaeology, ed. M. Oland, S. Hart, L. Frink, pp. 1-15. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2011   Heritage, Neighborhoods and Cosmopolitan Sensibilities: Poly-Communal Archaeology in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Present Pasts 3:26-34.

2010   Indigenous Archaeologies: A Reader on Decolonization. Co-editor with Margaret Bruchac and H. Martin Wobst. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

2009   Crafting Collaborative Archaeologies: Two Case Studies from New England. Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton. Collaborative Anthropologies 2:87-107.

2009   Before Hadley: Archaeology and Native History, 10,000 BC -1700 AD. Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton and Christopher Donta. In Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts, ed. Marla Miller, pp. 43-67. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

2009   Archaeology and Community Service Learning in the "Pioneer Valley." Co-author with Elizabeth Chilton. In Archaeological Practice and Community Service Learning, ed. Michael Nassaney and Mary Ann Levine, pp. 168-182. Gainesville: University of Florida Press.

2004   Mixed Assemblages and Indigenous Agents: Decolonizing Pine Hill. Northeast Anthropology 68:57-71.

 

Other Affiliations:

Supervisor, Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory, Binghamton University
(Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory)

Steering Committee Member, Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence

Last Updated: 8/17/15