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Outdated Outreach? Responding to Public Critiques of 21st-Century Online Community Engagement

Author(s): Kathryn L Sikes

Year: 2017

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What assumptions underlie archaeologists’ interpretive strategies for the public dissemination of research results? Could we be more effective at descendant collaboration and public outreach by applying best practices drawn from related disciplines such as museum studies, oral history, and historic preservation? Perhaps it is time to rethink our choices of media, language, web platform, content, and target audience in response to descendant requests and public commentary.  This paper presents two outreach strategies for Clover Bottom (Donelson, Tennessee). The first is a collaborative research effort with descendants that aims to provide a public service in helping families to trace genealogies via message boards. This site is linked to a second, hosted by ESRI Story Maps, that provides a non-linear, visual, and interactive public experience of archaeological data in the context of archival research focused on family experiences over time. 

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Outdated Outreach? Responding to Public Critiques of 21st-Century Online Community Engagement. Kathryn L Sikes. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435548)


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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): 722

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