An archaeological debate on challenging the status quo and why we need more discussion like this

The academy is well known for its production of silos; researchers who ought to share similar perspectives and knowledge in many cases rarely collaborate with each other. There are many…

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What is Critical Heritage Studies and how does it incorporate the discipline of history?

At the recent meeting of the US chapter of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, a frequent question, especially from graduate students, was “what is critical heritage studies”? There was…

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New publication: “Are We ‘Ensnared in the System of Heritage’ Because We Don’t Want to Escape?”

Jeremy C. Wells. (2017). Are We 'Ensnared in the System of Heritage' Because We Don't Want to Escape? Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress. DOI 10.1007/s11759-017-9316-8 ABSTRACT This paper…

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“How Are Old Places Different from New Places? A Psychological Investigation of the Correlation between Patina, Spontaneous Fantasies, and Place Attachment”

The International Journal of Heritage Studies just published my article on "How Are Old Places Different from New Places? A Psychological Investigation of the Correlation between Patina, Spontaneous Fantasies, and…

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Book review: Monumental Ambivalence: The Politics of Heritage by Lisa Breglia

I wrote this book review in 2007 when I was a doctoral student, but due to pressing issues with my dissertation, it was never published. Monumental Ambivalence deserves more attention,…

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Leadership in “people-centered preservation” — who seems to get it and who does not

Those of you who read my blog know that I have a strong interest in balancing the practice of the conservation of the built environment and cultural landscapes between what…

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Skills, knowledge, and degrees/majors wanted by historic preservation employers

Developing curricula for historic preservation degree programs (bachelor's and master's) can be a frustrating experience because we lack useful data on the job market (e.g., what employers want from graduates)…

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The Rupture in Cultural Heritage Meanings: Where Are We Going? (Where Do We Want to Go?)

Recently, I was reading a post on LinkedIn where a World Heritage expert was attempting to define cultural heritage for the twenty-first century. Many people have tried to do this,…

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