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Levels of Public Engagement in Vermont Archaeology and Striving to Match Outreach with Outcomes

Author(s): John Crock

Year: 2015

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A review of the last 15 years of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program’s public outreach activities suggests that projects with experiential learning components and strong community partnerships have had the greatest impact. Efforts that combine visits by school groups to the field, excavations open to the public and field work opportunities for volunteers generate the greatest participation and public interest and yield the most positive feedback. Handbook style publications in print and online also have been well-received by both general readers and teachers tied to a standards-based curriculum. Due to common issues such as project size and accessibility, however, it is difficult to regularly replicate the grand successes and often challenging to link specific project areas and results to specific outreach efforts. It is even more difficult to measure the long-term, lasting impacts of any efforts, especially for desired outcomes such as engaging an all-inclusive public, promoting archaeological awareness and stewardship, and maintaining support for compliance-related legislation.

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Levels of Public Engagement in Vermont Archaeology and Striving to Match Outreach with Outcomes. John Crock. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396656)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America