Archaeologyin3 Minutes: Multimedia Storytelling in Public Archaeology

Author(s): Mike Thomin

Year: 2017


In 2014 the Florida Public Archaeology Network began producing a webisode series titled "Archaeologyin3 Minutes." These three-minute videos are designed to highlight archaeology in the state of Florida and feature the research of faculty and students at the University of West Florida. In 2015 one of these videos was awarded First Place Winner and People’s Choice Award for the Video Category in the Archaeological Photo and Video Festival Competition hosted by the Society of Historical Archaeology in Seattle, Washington. The overall goal of this project is to educate the public about the archaeological process and communicate the importance of preservation and protection of cultural resources through multimedia storytelling. Video has long been used a medium to present archaeology to the public. The digital revolution and availability of less expensive high-quality digital equipment, however, have empowered anyone to tell their own stories and reach much wider audiences than previously. This paper offers some lessons learned from the field for creating digital videos that present archaeology to the public, and covers a wide range of multimedia storytelling, from basic equipment needed to how to best conduct interviews with subjects.

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Archaeologyin3 Minutes: Multimedia Storytelling in Public Archaeology. Mike Thomin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430531)

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Abstract Id(s): 14880