Public Perceptions of Archaeology and its Impact on Archaeological Resource Preservation: A Case Study from Western Canada
Author(s): David Pokotylo
Although archaeologists acknowledge a legal and ethical responsibility to engage the public, the level of public appreciation and knowledge of archaeology and attitudes toward heritage preservation still remain poorly understood. A handful of past social surveys in North America and Europe give an initial perspective of public opinion on archaeological heritage preservation and its role in contemporary society. Given recent digital advances in public access to information and forums for communication, more research is needed that revisits and extends the scope of these studies to better understand today’s public and the challenges of engaging them. Using a case study from western Canada, this paper analyses individual responses to online news articles on archaeological heritage preservation to monitor public perceptions of the role of archaeological preservation in contemporary society and its economic implications. These results are then compared to the baseline from past surveys to assess current public support of archaeological preservation policies.
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Public Perceptions of Archaeology and its Impact on Archaeological Resource Preservation: A Case Study from Western Canada. David Pokotylo. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396964)
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