ARCH07038 2019 Public and Community Archaeology

General Details

Full Title
Public and Community Archaeology
Transcript Title
Public and Community Archaeolo
100 %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Shirley Markley
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_J07 201900 Level 7 Add-on Award in Applied 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 may 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, archaeology in the community, 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.

Learning Outcomes

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, expressing ideas in both written and oral media.


Discuss the impacts of tourism on archaeology.


Select analytical skills to assess how archaeology is used and portrayed in popular media (literature, film etc).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full time. The module will include lectures (55%), practical based learning (30%) and field trips (15%). This approach is expected to meet student learning needs.


Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment. The continuous assessment and course work will involve three assignments where students will be required to (i) prepare and participate in a public exhibition which demonstrates the student's ability to engage and communicate with the public on an aspect of archaeology  (30%), (ii) critique a museum which demonstrates the student's ability to analyze, formulate and present concise opinions (30%), (iii) complete summary reports on class lectures where student's will develop skills in academic writing (40%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment component(s) and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

The module explores a number of key topics: defining public and commuity archaeology; the role of museums, statutory and non statutory agencies in promoting, preserving and protecting heritage; museum and interpretative centre exhibits and standards; the impact of tourism on archaeology, the antiquities market, the role of social media in archaeology, ethical issues such as repatriation and the treatment of excavated human remains. Guest lectures may be included in this module.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Archaeology Exhibition Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 7 1,3
2 Written Report critique on heritage centre or museum Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 12 1,3
3 Project Continuous Assessment Individual Project 40 % Week 11 2,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Offsite Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1994-01-01 Building a New Heritage Routledge
ISBN 0415079314 ISBN-13 9780415079310

At the heart of the European debate lies the tension between the idea of European unity and individual state identities and types of nationalism. This volume sets out to provide some insight into this dichotomy by exploring the role of heritage in a new Europe.

Required Reading
1993 Interpretative archaeology Berg Publishers
ISBN UOM:39015032901756

Archaeology, most of us learned in school, consists in the painstaking digging up and sifting of relics from extinct cultures; hardly an exciting or indeed interesting activity - for most of us. Archaeologists and anthropologists, professional and otherwise, know better. In the buried structures and detritus of ancient cultures can be found a world of knowledge and insight - empirical and theoretical - into their cultures as well as our own. This fascinating volume brings these worlds to life, by integrating recent developments in anthropological and sociological theory with a series of detailed studies of prehistoric material culture. It is an exploration of the manner in which semiotic, hermeneutic, Marxist, and post-structuralist approaches radically alter our understanding of the past, and provides a series of innovative studies of key areas of interest to archaeologists and anthropologists.

Required Reading
2000-06-22 Debating the Archaeological Heritage Bristol Classical Press
ISBN 0715629565 ISBN-13 9780715629567

Throughout the world, competing interest groups lay claim to the material remains of the past. Archaeologists, developers, indigenous 'first peoples', looters, museum curators, national government officals, New Age worshippers, private collectors, tourists - all want their share. This introduction to contemporary debates surrounding their rival claims deals with defining, owning, protecting, managing, interpreting, and experiencing the archaeological heritage. Fundamental questions are considered: What is 'archaeological heritage'? Who should own and control the material culture of the past? How should these remains be protected? How should the archaeological heritage be presented to the public? Robin Skeates calls for greater communication and co-operation between archaeologists and other interest groups, urging archaeologists to increase the involvement of local people in the culturally valuable and vulnerable material remains of their past, and in archaeological research that attempts to be objective.

Required Reading
2006 Archaeological Ethics Rowman Altamira
ISBN 075910963X ISBN-13 9780759109636

Looting. Reburial and repatriation. Relations with native peoples. Professional conduct. The second edition of Archaeological Ethics combines compelling articles on these topics written for a general audience with valuable teaching aids. The updated articles provide a fascinating introduction to the issues faced every day in archaeological practice. The article summaries, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and resource guide serve as excellent teaching aids and make this volume ideal for classroom use.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Vitelli, K.D. 1996. Archaeological ethics.

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.

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