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Archaeology is Appealing: Collaborative Approaches to Foster Public Engagement with the Past

Author(s): Kari L Lentz ; Kate O'Donnell ; Stephanie Stewart-Bailey

Year: 2016

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The technology industry is rapidly transforming the social and physical landscape of San Francisco. While the city’s zeitgeist is orientated toward the future, archaeologists labor to recover and record its vanishing history. The enormous scale of construction has resulted in an unprecedented volume of artifacts and data that all too often languish on shelves and in gray literature. Budget crunches and curation crises have led to cooperation with institutions at the forefront of public education. WSA has collaborated with the Exploratorium's Bay Observatory, an innovative museum of science, art, and human perception that aims to create experiences that spark curiosity. The goal of this partnership is to encourage exploration of the stories embedded in the dynamic landscape of the city. Together we have generated interactive exhibits, 3D replicas, documentaries, and science nights that resonate with the public in the creation of a shared heritage that is continually under development.

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Archaeology is Appealing: Collaborative Approaches to Foster Public Engagement with the Past. Kari L Lentz, Kate O'Donnell, Stephanie Stewart-Bailey. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434916)


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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): 538

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