Just a couple of lines to welcome you to this new research journal devoted to Public Archaeology. “AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology” is a brand new peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to Public Archaeology. Edited by JAS Arqueología S.L., it will be freely distributed online in order to ensure full access to the discussion and spread of a growing stream that is starting to settle into everyday archaeological practice, as it should. The definition of Public Archaeology is still too broad to even talk about a consensus on it. This call for papers is not going to be a place to discuss about that, but the aim of the journal is to be able to delve into every issue related to the field. The limit of the definition is slightly clear. Archaeology is generally understood as the study of past societies from their remains, and Public Archaeology is the study of the relations between this Archaeology and Society in every aspect of daily life (social, economic and political). We are ta…
By Chiara Zuanni (University of
month I had the opportunity to participate in the annual conference of the DGUF
(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte e.V. – German Association for
Pre- and Protohistory). This year’s theme focused on public archaeology and
aimed to explore the possibilities and consequences of public
involvement with the past. During the two days which comprised the academic programme, many different
aspects of community archaeology, citizen science, and archaeological
communication projects were explored.
Friday, Sylvia Crumbach unpacked the relationship between re-enactment groups
and textile archaeologists: she argued that while both develop a great
expertise in ancient clothing, it remains to be understood how museum
reconstruction and images affect re-enactment costumes, and vice versa. The
controversies raised by public approaches to archaeological work were
highlighted in the afternoon, by two papers discussing metal detecting. Joch…
The forum that could not wait for a year to happen. A very interesting reflection by Yannis Hamilakis, that will be our 'Points of You' for volume 4. What do you think? "Friends asked me to elaborate on my suggestion for an Occupy movement, not only for art museums and galleries but also archaeological museums, archaeological sites/projects and other culture/heritage institutions that rely on cheap, un-insured, non-unionised labour, or on sponsorship from corrupt corporations. We in archaeology, art and heritage domains have been for far too long, oblivious, tolerant, if not complicit to a regime of work and political economy which is not sustainable; they tell us about expansion, new markets, new wings for our museums, new museums elsewhere, mega-projects with hundreds of specialists which are going to last for a quarter of a century, and we think: great! Lots of jobs for us and others, more heritage, more culture, more archaeology, that’s good all round, right?