Public Archaeology: Arts of Engagement [Paperback]

Howard Williams(Editor); Caroline Pudney(Editor); Afnan Ezzeldin(Editor)

ISBN: 9781789693737 | Published by: Archaeopress Access Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2020 | 290p, H10.75 x W8, 82 figures, 5 tables (101 pages in color)
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Public Archaeology: Arts of Engagement


How should communities be engaged with archaeological research and how are new projects targeting distinctive groups and deploying innovative methods and media? In particular, how are art/archaeological interactions key to public archaeology today?

This collection provides original perspectives on public archaeology’s current practices and future potentials focusing on art/archaeological media, strategies and subjects. It stems from the 2nd University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference, held on 5 April 2017 at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester: Archaeo-Engage: Engaging Communities in Archaeology.

Table of Contents

Foreword – Sara Perry
Introduction: Public Archaeologies as Arts of Engagement –
Howard Williams
From Archaeo-Engage to Arts of Engagement: Conference to Publication – 
Howard Williams with Rachel Alexander, Robyn Bursnell, Jack Cave, Aaron Clarke, Afnan Ezzeldin, Jonathan Felgate, Bryony Fisher, Bethan Humphries, Shaun Parry, Hannah Proctor, Mona Rajput, Calum Richardson and Becky Swift

The Art of Engagement: Strategies and Debates in Public Archaeology
The Benefits of Archaeology –
Shaun Parry
‘Dig Society’: Funding Models and Sustainability in Community Archaeology –
Matt Beresford
Engage thy Neighbour: Perspectives in Community Archaeology –
Bethany Humphries
An Archaeology of Life on the Streets –
Bryony Fisher
Dialogues with Early Medieval ‘Warriors –
Howard Williams and Rachel Alexander
Public Archaeology at Bryn Celli Ddu: Sharing Prehistory –
Hijazi, Courtney Mainprize, Maranda Wareham, Sian Bramble, Ben Edwards & Seren Griffiths
Evaluating Community Archaeology –
Emma Stringfellow
Instrumentalised Public Archaeology: Cease and Desist? –
Caroline Pudney

Arts in Public Archaeology: Digital and Visual Media
Archaeodeath as Digital Public Mortuary Archaeology –
Howard Williams
Comics, Creativity and Community: Graphic Narrative in Public Heritage and Beyond –
John G. Swogger
Vox Archaeo: Podcasting the Past –
Tristan Boyle
The Art of Balancing Intrigue and Integrity: The Risks and Rewards of Public Archaeology –
Marc Barkman-Astles
Being Shaped by Engagement: Reflections on Academic ‘YouTubing’ –
Chloë N. Duckworth
Archaeogaming as Public Archaeology –
Afnan Ezzeldin

Art as Public Archaeology
Playful Encounters: Engaging Children in Public Archaeology –
Aaron Clarke
Reaching Communities through the Stories on the Walls: Graffiti Surveys, Participation and Public Engagement –
Ellen McInnes
Visualising Heritage Complexity: Comic Books, Prehistoric Rock-Art and the Cochno Stone –
Kenneth Brophy and Hannah Sackett
Dig! Arts Access Project: Finding Inspiration in the Park –
Melanie Giles and Karina Croucher
Afterword –
Seren Griffiths

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