Public Archaeology

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EAR605 Public Archaeology

Professor: Panagiota PANTZOU | Course outline [pdf file]

This module will introduce students to the principles and practice of public archaeology and acquaint them with the main theoretical and practical issues of the field. The aim of this module is to explore the interaction and dynamic relationship between archaeology and the public, society and cultural heritage, to study the social and educational aspects of archaeological research and ultimately help students develop analytical and practical skills in heritage dissemination.

Special emphasis will be placed on the following topics:

  1. The political dimension of Archaeology
  2. Its social and pedagogical role.
  3. The importance of raising awareness and engage the public in the promotion and protection of cultural resources.
  4. The role of qualitative and quantitative methodology in development and improving archaeology’s relation to audience and local communities.

The course is taught via lectures, practical exercises and study visits. Students will also have the opportunity to design and launch their own heritage outreach project.
Upon successful completion of the course the students will:

  1. get acquainted with principles, practice and basic issues of public archaeology,
  2. acquire a systematic understanding of the importance and role of involving local communities and engaging the wide public in archaeology and cultural heritage management,
  3. be able to design and carry out a survey,
  4. be acquainted with participatory planning,
  5. develop an understanding of the problems and prospects arising from engaging local communities and the public in heritage management,
  6. collaborate in the designing and implementation of a cultural activity.
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