The New Public Archaeology: Evolving concepts in international public archaeology and interpretation

Author(s): John H Jameson

Year: 2015


In this presentation I discuss evolving concepts in public archaeology and interpretation. I give two examples, one from South Carolina, USA, and the other, as of early 2014, in Crimea, Ukraine, on how these concepts have been proposed and applied at sites and parks. In many parts of the West, the overarching trend is an increasing involvement of non-professionals in planning and carrying out archaeological and cultural heritage studies and public interpretation. We look at three evolving concepts in public archaeology: Activist Archaeology; Inclusive Public Interpretation and Presentation; and Sustainable Cultural/Archaeological/Heritage Tourism. Outside the West, when these principles are introduced, for cultural and political reasons, many sites and parks are challenged to adapt and may even reject them. In these arenas, our continuing exchanges of experience and concepts, our collegial collaborations, can build trust as lessons are learned on both sides about the international applicability and feasibility of these principles.

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The New Public Archaeology: Evolving concepts in international public archaeology and interpretation. John H Jameson. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395410)