Where do ethnography and archaeology collide? Where do they overlap? How can ethnographic information and practice inform archaeological projects? How can archaeological insights and theories give us different ways of thinking about contemporary lived environments?
Sometimes disciplinary boundaries seem pretty arbitrary. When do we call material artifacts "archaeological," and when do we place them under the ethnographic umbrella? What's the use of this separation?
I am fascinated with the idea of an "archaeological site" as something that is defined by a series of social, political, and academic criteria. In some cases, a particular site becomes archaeological when it is 45 years old or more. So day by day new archaeological sites are showing up. At least rhetorically.
So, is a 45 year old Boy Scout campfire site just as archaeological as a 6,000 year old hearth? Why or why not? Where and why do we decide to place value upon the past? Who decides?
I like the idea of mixing ethnography and archaeology up and seeing what happens. How can an archaeological mindset be useful in ethnography? How might it be interesting to look at contemporary photographs from a particular standpoint? Or what about a set of objects in a kitchen? What about the use of domestic space?
Cross-posted at Ethnografix