• October 3, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Four Corners Ideas and Lecture Series


Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society


The Archaeology of Human Experience

Dr. Michelle Hegmon


Sponsored by the Sunflower Theatre


Tuesday October 3~7pm/ doors open at 6:15pm

Seating is limited, first come first serve at the door


How can archaeologists study the human experience?

When colleagues, and reporters hear
about AHE (Archaeology of Human Experience), their first reaction is often skepticism: “How
can you do that? How can archaeologists get at what life was
like in the past?” My answer is that we already do. Archaeologists
have many well-established methods for studying
a range of issues ranging from violence and food stress to
social integration and inequality. AHE is about focusing
those methods in new ways to investigate the conditions that
people experienced. Put in other terms, AHE focuses on
what people experienced, even if we cannot know how they
felt about it. And in the cases where AHE pushes into the
realm of past emotions, it strives to do
so in ways that do not naturalize today’s feelings and then
“discover” them in the past. Future work with indigenous
perspectives will be especially important in this regard.
As it is conceived now, AHE has four interrelated components:
(1) Investigating the conditions of life; (2) Understanding
how those conditions came to be; (3) Considering
how those conditions are part of, and affect, the larger social
and cultural context; and (4) Exploring the experience of
those conditions.


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