The Museum develops and disseminates new knowledge and understanding through collaborative models of archaeological research.
• Create an archaeology advisory committee that includes archaeologists from outside Maine who have experience with collaborative models
UPDATE: In partnership with Acadia National Park, an Archaeology Advisory Committee convened in Bar Harbor October 6-7, 2017. Next steps are identified and conversations will evolved in 2018 and beynd.
• Convene conversations/dialogues where all stakeholders express views
• Develop a research agenda
UPDATE: A field school was not held in 2016, shifting our focus to research and dissemination. It is our intention to re-start the field school once a research agenda is in place.
• Create materials for archaeologists, lay people, and museums that share concepts, words, and phrases that are appropriate/constructive and those that are not when talking about Wabanaki history before colonization
• Educate visitors about the role of archaeology in understanding and interpreting Wabanaki history, in the context of multiple ways of knowing about the past
• Work towards developing a truly collaborative and interdisciplinary way of doing archaeology
• Develop a new model for field research, consistent with collaborative practices and cognizant of sites that may be endangered
• Complete analysis and dissemination of the archaeological work that has been done by the field schools
When this goal is realized, the Abbe, tribal communities, and academia will be working in concert. New Abbe resources will attract researchers to its collections, and field work will continue with a clearly-defined, Wabanaki-supported, research agenda.