ARCH07032 2014 PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY
The objective of this course is to examine the relationship between archaeology and the public. As archaeologists, what are our responsibilities to the public? How have we neglected these responsibilities? How can we bring archaeology further into the public domain? Topics include: what is public archaeology? responsibilities of the archaeological profession to the public; the role of museums; what makes a good museum exhibit; the problem public: tourism, the antiquities market and subsistence digging; publication: publish or perish; archaeology in popular media: Time Team case study; archaeology in the national press; archaeology and politics; ethical issues: repatriation and excavation of human remains.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate knowledge of the responsibilities the archaeological profession has to the wider public.
Assess the issues of dissemination of archaeological data and the ‘publish or perish' situation.
Critically analyse the role of museums and the presentation of exhibits.
Discuss the impacts of tourism on archaeology.
Select analytical skills to assess how archaeology is used and portrayed in popular media (literature, film etc).
Express ideas concerning public archaeology through both written and oral media.
1. What is public archaeology?
2. Role of museums
3. Museum exhibits
4. Fieldtrip: Museum visit
5. The problem public: tourism; antiquities market
6. Fieldtrip: Heritage site with tours
8. Archaeology and TV
9. Archaeology and Politics
10. Ethical issues: repatriation
11. Ethical issues: excavation human remains
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Individual Project School visit||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||20 %||Week 7||1|
|2||Written Report Report on heritage centre or museum||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||30 %||Week 9||1,3,4|
|3||Project||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||50 %||Week 12||1,2,3,4,5,6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Independent learning||4||Weekly||4.00|
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Skeates, R. 2000. Debating the archaeological heritage.
Maxwell, N. 1980. Digging up Dublin.
Ashworth, G.J. 1994. Building a new heritage : tourism, culture, and identity in the new Europe.
Chapter 9 Prospecting Archaeology. In: Tilley, C. 1993. Interpretative Archaeology.