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H 276 x W 203 mm

258 pages

111 figures, 21 tables (colour throughout)

Published Oct 2022

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803273464

Digital: 9781803273471

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Public Archaeology; Community Archaeology; Public Participation; Evaluation; Qualitative Methods; Italy

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Whether as excavators and re-enactors, or co-organising research campaigns and outreach activities, the participation of the general public in archaeology has become a well-represented practice, but the impact remains underexplored. Evaluating participation can influence fieldwork practice and enrich the academic discussion on public archaeology.



Introduction ;

1. Participation in archaeology ;
Introducing participation ;
Defining the fields of study ;
Exploring participation ;
Excavation as a contact zone ;

2. Public and community archaeology in Italy ;
Before public and community archaeology ;
‘Archeologia pubblica’ ;
Excavation and participation at sites in Italian archaeology ;

3. Methodological framework ;
Introduction ;
Workflow ;

4. Case studies overview ;
Selection of case studies ;
Massaciuccoli Romana ;
Poggio del Molino ;
Vignale ;

5. Exploring participation ;
Massaciuccoli Romana ;
Poggio del Molino ;
Vignale ;

6. Understanding participation ;
Social Network Analysis (SNA) ;
Participation polarised chart ;
Understanding encounters ;
From research to governance ;
Conclusion ;

Appendix I. Description of interviews and focus groups ;

Appendix II. Data collection techniques ;

Appendix III. Cross tables ;

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About the Author

Francesco Ripanti is an Italian archaeologist currently working as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, with a project focusing on archaeology and wellbeing. His expertise lies in the application of qualitative research methods for the evaluation of community archaeology projects. His research interests include several themes related to public and digital archaeology, heritage and museum studies. He participated in several excavations and research projects in Greece, Cyprus and Italy designing and authoring audio guides and panels for adults and children in several museums and archaeological parks. He is co-founder of Archeokids, an Italian blog about archaeology for children, and Deputy Editor for Archeostorie. Journal of Public Archaeology. Francesco holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Archaeology (University of Siena), a postgraduate degree in Archaeology (Specializzazione - University of Trieste, Udine, Venezia Ca’ Foscari) and a PhD in Public Archaeology (University of Pisa).