In the following pages, we discuss collaborative work experiences that took place in Curitiba, capital city of the southern Brazilian state of Parana, and were made possible through an exchange of ideas with the Paulo Duarte Laboratory of Public Archeology, Campinas State University, in the southeastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.
Our purpose here is to show how, through collective research in the historical center of the city of Curitiba, where the Parana State Museum is located, and through the use of museum material, the principles of public archeology can guide us in the construction of more pluralist narratives on the city's past, raising issues of memory, exclusion and empowerment.
As mentioned above, we discuss our partnership within the present reflections because it has been completely inspired in the principles of the aforementioned public archeology and expresses quite well how the relationship between two different universities, the Campinas State University and the Parana Federal University, can promote and develop networks and debates that are important for society as a whole.
Yet student contact with daily work at the institution brought a series of discoveries and perhaps, most importantly, sparked theoretical discussion and reflection on the materiality of the past, choices to be made, working with memory and heritage, that is, it brought diverse and fundamental aspects of public archeology to the forefront.
The PET-History/ UFPR and Parana State Museum partnership shows how Public Archeology is important for rethinking relations between institution and community, and questioning memory and racial prejudice.
government mainly, to the Fund of the United States' Ambassadors to Preserve Cultural Heritage for giving the Directorate of Public Archeology
the opportunity to restore and implement maintenance works at the main tower of the castle.