ArchaeoCafé Podcast – Episode 2-23 – Archaeology and racism: An interview with William White (Part 2)

hosted by Otis Crandell

In this episode I talk with William White about aspects of racism in archaeology, ways that it manifests, and effects that it produces.

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Some useful terminology and links

Society of Black Archaeologists
An international organization of Black archaeologists founded in 2012.

Historical archaeology
A form of archaeology dealing with places, things, and issues from the past or present when written records and oral traditions can inform and contextualize cultural material.


Selected reading and media by William White

Why the Whiteness of Archaeology Is a Problem
by William White and Catherine Draycott
Sapiens, 7 JUL 2020

The 2020 Race Uprisings and Archaeology’s Response
by William White
Succinct Research, 17 June 2020

Are archaeologists racist?: Part I
by William White
Succinct Research, 22 January 2015

Are archaeologists racist?: Part II
by William White
Succinct Research, 26 January 2015


About William White

Dr. White is an assistant professor at the Anthropology Department of the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on historical archaeology in the U.S.A., historical preservations, and the use of digital media (particularly blogs and podcasts) in disseminating archaeology and history related knowledge. He has over 10 years of experience working in cultural resource management.





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