Public Participation in Archaeology

June 2014
16 black and white, 4 line illustrations
225 pages
24.4x17.7 cm
Heritage Matters
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HD, 1D, 2AB, 3H

Public Participation in Archaeology

Edited by Suzie Thomas, Joanne Lea

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An examination of the engagement of the general public with archaeology worldwide.
Across the world public archaeology, the way in which it is understood as well as the way it is practised or delivered, has many facets. In some countries it is not only unknown, but is actively discouraged; in many other places it has been embraced fully and is considered normal practice, whether this appears in the form of so-called "community archaeology", active school and college programmes, (re)thinking the strategies of museums, or as simply encouraging on-site visits and demonstrations during archaeological fieldwork. However, in a difficult economic climate public archaeology is often adversely affected; funding cuts can mean changes in priorities for heritage organisations and local and national governments, and even to the loss of entire projects.
This volume examines the various facets of public archaeology practice globally, and the factors which are currently affecting it, together with the question of how different publics and communities engage with their archaeological heritage. With case studies from across the globe, ranging from Canada to Turkmenistan and from Ireland to Argentina, it presents a contemporary snapshot of public participation in archaeology, covering both successful initiatives and the threats posed to such opportunities by local, regional and global changes. Particular strands addressed are international models; archaeology and education; archaeology and tourism; and site management and conservation.

Joanne Lea is an educator with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board in Ontario, Canada. Suzie Thomas is University Lecturer in Museology at the University of Helsinki.

Contributors: Shatha Abu-Khafajah, Crystal B. Alegria, Arwa Badran, Michael Brody, Blanca A. Camargo, Joëlle Clark, Mike Corbishley, Jolene Debert, Gaigysyz Jorayev, Thomas Kador, Sophie Lampe, Joanne Lea, Lilia L. Lizama Aranda, Cathy MacDonald, Natalia Mazzia, Alicia Ebbitt McGill, Jeanne M. Moe, Theano Moussouri, Aino Nissinaho, Alejandra Pupio, Virginia Salerno, Dinç Saraç, Tuija-Liisa Soininen, Suzie Thomas,

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Suzie Thomas and Joanne Lea
From 'Telling' to 'Consulting': a Perspective on Museums and Modes of Public Engagement - Theano Moussouri
Making Archaeological Heritage Accessible in Great Britain: Enter Community Archaeology - Suzie Thomas
Public and Community Archaeology - an Irish Perspective - Thomas Kador
The Scope and Potential for Community Archaeology in the Netherlands - Sophie Lampe
Public Archaeology as a Reflexive Practice: An Argentine Case Study in the Pampean Region - Naty Mazzia and Virginia Salerno and Alejandra Pupio
Accessing Archaeology in the School System: Powerful Partnerships - a Case Study of the Challenges and Rewards for Archaeologists, Teachers and Students [Canada] - Cathy MacDonald
Hook 'em When They're Young: Using Enquiry-Based Learning Workshops in Archaeology - Jolene Debert
Archaeology as Culturally Relevant Science Education: The Poplar Forest Slave Cabin - Crystal Alegria and Michael Brody and Jeanne Moe and Joëlle Clark
Heritage Education in Jordanian Schools: For Knowledge or Profit? - Arwa Badran
Politics, Archaeology and Education: Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan - Mike Corbishley and Gaigysyz Jorayev
Situating Public Archaeology in Crooked Tree, Belize - Alicia Ebbitt McGill
Access to Archaeological Heritage in Mexico: its Impact on Public Participation in Archaeology - Lilia Lizama Aranda and Blanca A Camargo
'They are Hiding it . Why do they Hide it? From Whom, and for Whom?' Community Heritage at Work in the Post-Colonial Context of Jordan - Shatha Abu-Khafajah
Site Management in Turkey - Dinç Saraç
Adopt a Monument: Social Meaning from Community Archaeology - Tuija-Liisa Soininen and Aino Nissinaho
Public Archaeology in Canada - Joanne Lea


This is a welcome and often honest appraisal of the reasons for public engagement [.] We may think we know what works on public projects: this book helps us understand why. BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

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