Many anthropologists have become members of the communities that they have worked with over time. For some it takes years for others they may have been born into these communities had have a better understanding of them. This can benefit them but can even cause a few problems. I’ am not referring to anthropologists who were born into these communities as being biased. What I’ am referring to is that what may appear obvious for some anthropologist may not be to others. Explaining everything even down to the tiniest of details is beneficial. Not neglecting and understanding the cultural values behind these archaeological sights can lead to a healthier relationship with both the communities and stakeholders. While it can be helpful but not necessary to have cultural affiliation, I do believe that it can put the community at easy if they see a familiar face.

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  1. Bias is something that many anthropologists struggle with since we intent to put our own thoughts within the work that we do. In many occasions we interpret the research and materials by referring to our own culture to helps us understand. I believe that it is not so bad to do such a thing, especially when writing the reports in an ethnographic form (detailed writing). Yet, we do need to become aware that our own thoughts might differ from the location and people that is being studied. With that, we should study their culture to learn other viewpoints. I think that is something that LaRoche, Blakely and Pyburn did not deliberate on since they focused more on the community wants.

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