Annie Danis



I am a Berkeley Fellow in the department of Anthropology, University of California. My work explores the intersection of art and archaeology through a sensory approach to historic landscapes. In particular I am interested in how archaeology can use new and alternative forms of mediation to empower contemporary communities in North America broadly and the American Southwest specifically. This guides my use of GIS, spatial visualization, and database technologies, as well as public archaeology as a practice, to produce self-reflexive, inclusive scholarly works.

Work in the prehistoric, historic, and contemporary past has brought me to Dakhla Oasis, Egypt, Abiquiu, New Mexico, St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia, and Los Angeles, California to explore the intersections of the past and the present. Work with the American Museum of Natural History, NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and UCLA’s Center for Experiential Technologies, The Autry National Center, Crow Canyon Archaeological Research Center have provided me the opportunity to work with a diverse range of communities invested in the outcomes of archaeological inquiry.


My current research takes a creative approach to community-based historic and contemporary archaeology. Currently a team of Undergraduate Research Apprentices are organizing data from the “Archaeology of the Albany Bulb” a former landfill and recent homeless encampment. The data was collected in consultation with former residents, shortly after their eviction by a group of volunteer undergraduate and graduate students and presented in preliminary form at the “Refuge in Refuse” exhibition at SoMarts Gallery in San Francisco.



Community Partners

I hope to work with two or three community partners in order to develop a comparative project assessing the role of creative forms of media production in engaged archaeological projects. So far, I work with former residents of the Albany Bulb (Albany, CA) and hope to continue work with the Pueblo de Abiquiu (Abiquiu,NM) and the descendants of internees at the Amache Relocation Center (Granada, CO).

Related Links

Bum’s Paradise, documentary by Tomas McCabe and Andrei Rozen

Granada Relcation Center, Amache Archaeology Project

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