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BOOM BABY!": engaging the public through social media in response to "American Digger

Author(s): Tonia Deetz Rock ; Misti Furr ; Kurt Thomas Hunt ; Katie Jacobson ; Kristina Wyckoff

Year: 2013

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In this paper we present our public outreach efforts in response to the American "reality" television series "American Digger," which portrays looting of archaeological resources as a desirable and profitable enterprise at the expense of archaeological context and communal knowledge of our past.  Our efforts included blog posts, the creation and dissemination of a petition, and the facilitation of involvement and open dialogue through the creation and ongoing administration of a Facebook page.  We discuss our goals for this outreach, how we attempted to meet those goals, where we feel we were successful and lessons we have learned from this experience that could improve future outreach efforts.

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BOOM BABY!": engaging the public through social media in response to "American Digger. Tonia Deetz Rock, Misti Furr, Kurt Thomas Hunt, Katie Jacobson, Kristina Wyckoff. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428330)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 702

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