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Reflections on Community Engagement & Digital Approaches: The Effects & Impacts of Different Tools

Author(s): Lynne Goldstein

Year: 2013

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Archaeologists generally believe that public engagement is important and useful, and most believe they are doing so. Many have seen relative ease of use of the web as a panacea for such work. Having been involved in archaeological research, outreach and community engagement for over 40 years, I have experience with a variety of methods. As technology changes and we try to embrace new techniques, however, it is rare that we reconsider our overall engagement strategy, or create a specific plan. This paper looks at a variety of methods, shares successes and failures, and tries to create a way to develop an overall engagement plan that incorporates in-person and digital techniques. Examples used will vary, but most come from the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program that I direct. The overview will look at issues of audience, access, engagement and interaction, and learning curves of various approaches.


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Reflections on Community Engagement & Digital Approaches: The Effects & Impacts of Different Tools. Lynne Goldstein. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428319)


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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