Project ArAGATS, Aragats Foundation, and Engaged Archaeology
The Aragats Foundation is committed to utilizing Armenia’s heritage as a basis for educational initiatives both in the US and in Armenia. When you teach archaeology, you teach not only history, but also mathematics, language, architecture, materials science, zoology, botany, economics, anthropology…. The list goes on. Any subject can be taught through the lens of archaeology.
Last summer, under the auspices of an Engaged Anthropology grant
from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Aragats Foundation Advisory Board member Maureen Marshall led a workshop in the village of Tsaghkahovit that brought the results of her analysis back to the community where her research had been conducted.
Dr. Maureen Marshall working with students in the village of Tsaghkahovit
Dr. Marshall conducted her PhD research in Armenia under the auspices of Project ArAGATS, receiving her degree from the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology in 2014. Upon completion, she was eager to return the results of her work back to the communities in Armenia where we work. In her workshop, Dr. Marshall was joined by two other members of The Aragats Foundation, Dr. Lori Khatchadourian and Dr. Ian Lindsay.
The 2014 workshop in Tsaghkahovit was an important first step in our mission of promoting an engaged archaeology that brings the benefits of research directly back to the communities that live amidst Armenia’s extraordinary ancient heritage. The Aparan Heritage Center, when it is a reality, will become a center for teaching heritage to communities throughout the region.
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