Digital public archaeology in the UK - a review

Author(s): Gabriel Moshenska

Year: 2015


This paper offers an overview of recent and emerging trends in digital public archaeology in the UK. It draws on examples of research and practice in public archaeology by academic, museum, amateur and professional archaeologists engaged in public engagement activities, as well as the emerging field of crowd-sourced and/or crowd-funded public archaeology in which digital public engagement has played a leading role. I take a sceptical view of some of the more extravagant claims made for digital public archaeology, and question the utility and - in particular - the sustainability of some categories of projects. The role of funders and in particular the Heritage Lottery Fund will be considered as a factor (and a potential hazard) in the growth of digital public archaeology, alongside the growing academic archaeological engagement with digital humanities. I hope that insights from the UK experience of the financial, cultural and knowledge economies of digital public archaeology will be of wider interest and value.

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Digital public archaeology in the UK - a review. Gabriel Moshenska. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396255)


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