Public Archaeology

My Definition of Public Archaeology includes research that:
  • Stimulates public interest in the study of archaeology through the use of demonstrations of archaeological techniques and analyzes, workshops, training in excavation and recovery of artifacts and features, site tours, displays and exhibits, or the development of educational programs and materials;
  • Engages communities, social groups, organizations to come together for history, archaeology, and historic preservation and heritage activities;
  • Promotes awareness of cultural resources and heritage preservation;
  • Fosters individual or collective efforts to advance the ethical practice of archaeology.

Goals include
  • Encouraging historic preservation, conservation, and public education;
  • Revealing hidden histories:
  • Exploration of public memory, localized heritage, and commemorations of the past;
  • Actively engaging with local and descendant communities regarding the past, history, and the cultural landscape,
  • Sustaining historic places as locales for civic engagement and civil discussions of the past; and
  • Attempting to make archaeology more inclusive and multi-vocal toward social justice and cosmopolitanism.

In 2013, WGCU recorded a three-minute interview on the Sarasota Bay Rancho video game, a concise encapsulation of new approaches in public archaeology