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Why are Heritage Interpreters Voiceless at the Trowel's Edge? A Plea for Rewriting the Archaeological Workflow

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Why are Heritage Interpreters Voiceless at the Trowel's Edge? A Plea for Rewriting the Archaeological Workflow. / Perry, Sara Elizabeth.

In: Advances in Archaeological Practice, Vol. 6, No. 3, 08.2018, p. 212-227.

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Perry, SE 2018, 'Why are Heritage Interpreters Voiceless at the Trowel's Edge? A Plea for Rewriting the Archaeological Workflow', Advances in Archaeological Practice, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 212-227. https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2018.21

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Perry, S. E. (2018). Why are Heritage Interpreters Voiceless at the Trowel's Edge? A Plea for Rewriting the Archaeological Workflow. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 6(3), 212-227. https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2018.21

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Perry SE. Why are Heritage Interpreters Voiceless at the Trowel's Edge? A Plea for Rewriting the Archaeological Workflow. Advances in Archaeological Practice. 2018 Aug;6(3):212-227. https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2018.21

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Perry, Sara Elizabeth. / Why are Heritage Interpreters Voiceless at the Trowel's Edge? A Plea for Rewriting the Archaeological Workflow. In: Advances in Archaeological Practice. 2018 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 212-227.

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