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But archaeology still has a diversity problem: Its workforce remains overwhelmingly white.

I am an African American archaeologist who never saw anyone but white people doing archaeology until 2011, after doing archaeology for almost a decade.

As a result, the long study of human cultures in North America and elsewhere has primarily been done by white archaeologists.

I have also seen white archaeologists “correct” Native American and African American narratives, sometimes speaking over the voices of community elders.

Some are taking leadership roles in overwhelmingly white archaeology organizations, such as the current Society for American Archaeology President Joe Watkins, who is a member of the Choctaw Nation.

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