Sector knowledge: Public Archaeology

Journal Summary: Public Archaeology provides an arena for the growing debate surrounding archaeological and heritage issues as they relate to the wider world of politics, ethics, government, social questions, education, management, economics and philosophy. As a result, the journal includes ground-breaking research and insightful analysis on topics ranging from ethnicity, indigenous archaeology and cultural tourism to archaeological policies, public involvement and the antiquities trade.

Key issues covered:
– the sale of unprovenanced and frequently looted antiquities
– the relationship between emerging modern nationalism and the profession of archaeology
– privatization of the profession
– human rights and, in particular, the rights of indigenous populations with respect to their sites and material relics
– representation of archaeology in the media
– the law on portable finds or treasure troves
– archaeologist as an instrument of state power, or catalyst to local resistance to the state

An events diary, reviews of books, conferences and exhibitions, Forum-type exchanges of views and other notes are also published, informing readers about the latest trends, commenting on recent announcements and highlighting what is to come.

Public Archaeology is for all those who wish to take part, keep themselves informed, or build on a keen interest in the field, including: archaeologists, cultural historians, cultural economists, heritage managers, specialist journalists, political commentators, leisure and tourist operators, private consultancies, national and international lawyers and conservationists as well as those responsible for university courses in museum studies, heritage management, politics, anthropology and law.

Publisher: Sage


Access: Subscription; some open access

Journal Type: Academic peer reviewed

Sector knowledge: Present Pasts

Journal Summary: Emerging from the UCL Institute of Archaeology Heritage Studies Section, Present Pasts is an interdisciplinary journal encouraging global and cross-cultural debate on critical issues around the meaning of heritage today. After a long hiatus, the journal is being re-launched under the editorship of the Department of Anthropology of the University of South Florida. The journal seeks to give voice to a wide range of stakeholders with a common interest in heritage, particularly from the fields of Cultural Heritage Studies, Public Archaeology, Museum Studies, Public History, Sociology, Anthropology, Memory Studies and Cultural Geography. The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready.

Publisher: UCL / Ubiquity Press


Access: Open access

Journal Type: Academic peer reviewed

Heritage Seminar: Tim Schadla-Hall, “It’s the Economy, Stupid!”

Tim Schadla-Hall (UCL)

The next UCS Heritage Seminar will be led by Tim Schadla-Hall of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. His topic is: “It’s the Economy, Stupid!”

The discourse frequently presented in academia about the value and use of archaeology in the 21st century still fails to recognise that archaeology is neither neutral nor outside the “real world.” The need to both recognise this and be aware of the need to understand and promulgate aspects of public rather than professional interest forms the core of this presentation which will use various examples to illustrate the point.

Tim Schadla Hall spent a limited period teaching, followed by a career in field archaeology, before working in museums from Hampshire to Leicestershire via Hull. He is now Reader in Public Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL where he lectures on Public Archaeology, Museum Management, and other aspects of archaeology. His interests are in the early Mesolithic in NW Europe, as well as the Mesolithic in general; he also researches the archaeology of standing buildings and their landscapes. Amongst his particular interests are ‘ authenticity’, the media and alternative archaeology. He is working on various aspects of heritage law and repatriation of archaeological material, as well as the economics of archaeology. He is particularly interested in public participation in archaeology and also governmental policy development for the past.

Location: Ipswich, Waterfront Building W210

Date: Wednesday 3 December 2014

Time: 4.30 pm (to 6.00 pm)

Further information: Professor David Gill

Seminar Thurs 27th: Public Archaeology and the internet – the impact of social networking technologies on communicating heritage

Lorna Richardson

The next UCS heritage seminar will be on Thursday 27th (note the change of day for this event!).  Lorna Richardson, researcher at University College London, will be presenting: Public Archaeology and the internet – the impact of social networking technologies on communicating heritage

Summary:  This paper will examine the impact of Internet technologies on the practice of public archaeology, within professional archaeological communities working in commercial archaeology, higher education, local authority planning departments and community settings, as well the voluntary archaeology sector in the UK.  To explore this issue, the paper will briefly examine the role and activities of archaeological organisations using Internet platforms for public engagement; audiences, participation and communities in online archaeology, and the impact of digital inequalities on the audience for archaeological information.  It will discuss relationships within archaeological social networks that are theoretically linked with social capital and weak ties, and uses the social media platform of Twitter  as a testing ground, as well as the online public archaeology blogging project, the Day of Archaeology .

The talk will be held in the Waterfront Building, UCS Ipswich, at 4.30pm.  Please email Julie Barber if you’d like to come along:

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