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Community Archaeology in England
Community Archaeology in England: Exploring Challenges in Research, Management and Participation

The benefits and opportunities of community archaeology are many, and include: facilitating public access to common heritage, promoting independent research, extending outreach to people with particular needs and building new audiences for Archaeology. This course will introduce you to a range of current practice and experiences in community archaeology and will demonstrate many ways in which it can be combined and delivered independently or alongside academic/commercial projects.

The course is aimed at those with career plans which encompass community archaeology, together with archaeologists and other historic environment professionals working in a range of research, fieldwork, planning and curatorial roles, who find that community archaeology figures prominently in their workload or is likely to do so in the future.

Community Archaeology is no longer a novelty in UK Archaeology but has entered the mainstream. Universities, local groups, museums, charities and commercial practices are all increasingly active in community engagement, often with Heritage Lottery funding. Far more than merely site tours or laid-on events for existing archaeological interest groups, this is now coming increasingly to mean building new networks and audiences, and involving members of the public as volunteers in all aspects of the archaeological process. Delivering training, promoting awareness, and ensuring good practice are essential foundations for good community archaeology. Many community archaeology projects are now mature or reaching completion, and this is introducing its own challenges which were not as prescient three or more years ago. Managing expectations and ensuring sustainability are now arguably the major preoccupations in this area. This course will look at a range of innovative approaches, and spread the benefit of hard-won experience on the part of the speakers.


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Community Archaeology in England - by BAJR - 11th January 2013, 11:23 PM

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