Scattered Episode 13: Putting Humanity into Archaeology – Interview with Sarah Woodman

Sarah Woodman (formerly Huq) is the Cultural Places Officer at Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She was a consulting archaeologist for over 10 years and this is how she and I met.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Sarah’s background, how she got into archaeology, and why curiosity was pivotal in her journey
  • the value of archaeology
  • the hierarchy of education in archaeology and the consulting sciences
  • what consulting archaeology in Canada is actually like
  • combining socio-cultural aspects of anthropology with archaeology in North America to help when working with First Nations communities, and why you can’t separate anthropology from archaeology
  • how archaeology in school differs from consulting archaeology
  • developing communication skills to communicate with the diverse people you encounter or work with in archaeology
  • how language can help understand heritage
  • the importance of humanity in archaeology

Note: Sarah noted after we recorded the episode that Leslie McCartney’s MA on the Mad Trapper is not in Fort Good Hope, but Fort McPherson/Teetł’it Zheh (still in Gwich’in territory).

Find out more about consulting archaeology in my novel Memoirs of a Reluctant Archaeologist, available in print and ebook.

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