Archaeology is rooted in racism and colonialism, say scientists. Here's how we rewrite 'everyone's history'

Published February 2, 2023


CBC posted a companion story to its series “The Nature of Things” that quoted Douglas Perrelli. “The foundations of archaeology are very much racist foundations of misconceptions about things like, you know, the intellectual capacity of Black people or Native Americans,” he says. “And so what began as rich white guys travelling around the world and collecting things to fill their cabinets of curiosity, today has become a rich science with a very profound cultural sensitivity.” Perrelli and other UB archeologists are also featured in that series’ episode, which discussed The Cataract House, an upscale hotel in Niagara Falls, New York, that stood between 1825 and 1945 and was a prominent stop on the Underground Railroad.

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