Washington University Ph.D. student Edward Henry and Research Associate David Mixter (Ph.D., 2016) are co-editors of the most recent special issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory entitled Webs of Memory, Frames of Power: Collective Remembering in the Archaeological Record. The introduction and nine research articles in this compilation focus on identifying the process of remembering archaeologically. In sum, the contributors to the issue argue that accounting for the diverse actors invested in the production of memory provides archaeologists a means to delineate how the past becomes a site of contested values that social groups are constantly reworking to define membership, justify social hierarchy, and validate resistance.
The full table of contents can be found here: http://link.springer.com/journal/10816/24/1/page/1
Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory presents original articles that address method- or theory-focused issues of current archaeological interest and represent significant explorations on the cutting edge of the discipline. The journal also welcomes topical syntheses that critically assess and integrate research on a specific subject in archaeological method or theory, as well as examinations of the history of archaeology. The journal currently has the highest Impact Factor among all archaeology journals.
For more information on David Mixter’s research into ancient Maya memory and politics, see his department webpage.
For more information on Edward Henry’s research into ancient North American monumentality, see his department webpage.