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Bringing 50 Years of Underwater Archaeology from Parks Canada to the Public

Author(s): Keri Spink ; Thierry Boyer

Year: 2014

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During its 50 years of existence, Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service (UAS) has been leading exciting projects nation-wide, exploring, locating, researching and learning from Canada’s many submerged cultural resources. Throughout the years, its relationship with and outreach to the public has changed significantly. The purpose of this paper is to retrace the different phases of public communication the UAS has undergone throughout its history, with the intent to learn from past experiences and to evolve to better face the future of underwater archaeology. Over five decades, the outreach approach has changed considerably not only because of technology advances but also through the evolving mandate of the organization. Solutions to the recurrent challenge of reaching a population concentrated in large urban areas from remote locations with limited access will also be presented.

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Bringing 50 Years of Underwater Archaeology from Parks Canada to the Public. Keri Spink, Thierry Boyer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436840)

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