This winter my article entitled “Reversing the Narrative of Hillbilly History: A Case Study Using Archaeology at Van Winkle’s Mill in the Arkansas Ozarks” was published in Historical Archaeology 47(3):36–51. The article was a part of a thematic issue co-edited by Paul Shackel and Michael Roller entitled “Reversing the Narrative” which examines the relationships between history, narratives, memory and historical archeology. I’m proud to be a part of the volume (based on a 2012 Society for Historical Archeology conference session in Baltimore), along with my colleagues Craig Cipolla, Chelsea Rose, Brandon Nida, Stephen McBride, Stacy Camp, Megan Bailey, Michael Roller, Barbara Little & Paul Shackel.
The article focuses on the African-American heritage that is silenced at Van Winkle’s mill and reframes some material that has also appeared in my Arkansas Historical Quarterly article on Van Winkle’s Mill and a book chapter on community engagement featured in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology. This article is based both on the paper I gave in the 2012 SHA session and a contribution I made to the Windows from the Present to the Past: the Archaeology of Africa and the African Diaspora conference at Howard University in 2010.