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Archaeological Education and Public Outreach through Social Media

Author(s): Jamie Stott

Year: 2015

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With the advent of technology and greater access to public lands, archaeological sites are more vulnerable now than ever before. With photos and site locations being shared across the internet, it is pertinent for us as archaeologists to pierce the veil between academics, professionals, and the general public. Visitation to archaeological sites often results in adverse effects including visitor footpaths, touching or climbing on cultural resources, presence of modern trash, and vandalism to the site through looting or intentional destruction. By using common social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and personal blogs, we can begin to educate the public on proper site etiquette. By using the internet as a tool for public outreach, we can begin to distribute the sense of cultural resource ownership from land managers, academics, and professionals, to the general public.

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Archaeological Education and Public Outreach through Social Media. Jamie Stott. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396657)


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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