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Archaeological Practice as Science Communication

Author(s): Leonor Medeiros

Year: 2016

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For long archaeology has relied on its inherited connections with pop culture and images of adventure and discovery, but as generations pass archaeology has to make a renewed effort to capture the public’s attention and interest. This situation is not exclusive to archaeology and has resulted in a strong investment in science communication in Europe, but our field has remained quite unrepresented on its developments. 

Through my experience as national winner of the science competition Famelab, organizer of the Portuguese Festival of Archaeology, and member of the stand-up comedy science group Cientistas de Pé, I’ll present on how the union between the practice of archaeology and the science communication approach can open new ways to raise the profile of archaeology in society. This is done not only through adapting the jargon but also by finding ways to make the information meaningful to the audience and reinforcing the idea of experience.


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Archaeological Practice as Science Communication. Leonor Medeiros. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434918)


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PORTUGAL Western Europe


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min long: -28.549; min lat: 32.638 ; max long: -6.19; max lat: 42.151 ;

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PaperId(s): 776

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