In an amazing year for recognition of cross-gender rights by some progressive governments, and international denial of those rights in the majority by many nation states, my second Day of Archaeology post is a question about how inclusive we are, as an archaeological community. Simply that—across the spectrum of the people we are, as practitioners, and with whom we would like to engage, and the folks who might like to be involved in archaeology…just wanting to appreciate “their context”.
I like the Historic England Pride of Place initiative (it is very personal too, for a formative part of my life):
The project aims to show that LGBTI heritage is a fundamental and fascinating part of our national heritage. It will also improve knowledge of, and access to, this history through images, archive materials and stories that focus on the huge range of places and spaces lived, loved, worked and played in by LGBTQ people through the centuries.
So seldom does our discipline deal with the nuances of gender, generations, the lifeways of birthing-kids-mid generations-through-elders as an experience that leaves signatures in the archaeological record.
So, on this Day of Archaeology, I think about what are we looking for, before death or misadventure, transient fame or the ordinary grinding sands of time?