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H 276 x W 203 mm

290 pages

82 figures, 5 tables (101 pages in colour)

Published Nov 2019

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789693737

Digital: 9781789693744

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Public archaeology; Art; Media; Research; Blog; Social Media

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Public Archaeology: Arts of Engagement

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This collection, stemming from the 2nd University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference 'Archaeo-Engage: Engaging Communities in Archaeology' (April 2017), provides original perspectives on public archaeology’s current practices and future potentials focusing on art/archaeological media, strategies and subjects.



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

About the Author

Howard Williams is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Chester and researches mortuary archaeology, archaeology and memory, the history of archaeology and public archaeology. He regularly writes an academic blog: Archaeodeath.

Caroline Pudney is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Chester with research interests in Iron Age and Roman Britain, material culture, public archaeology and applied archaeology.

Afnan Ezzeldin graduated with a BA (Hons) Archaeology degree in 2017 from the University of Chester. Subsequently, in 2018, she completed the MA Archaeology of Death and Memory from the University of Chester, with a thesis focused on manga mortuary archaeology.