Sustainable Heritage through Community Engagement and Education

Author(s): Ruth Maher; Jane Downes

Year: 2018


In addressing the problem of burning libraries, this paper focuses on sustainable heritage through public awareness and civic engagement. Political rhetoric and limited first-hand experience has created a system whereby the impacts of climate change, coastal erosion, and rising sea levels are no longer a priority; and for students, it has become but a distant concern. This paper addresses these problems through education programs designed to (i) get students involved in the archaeology of coastal sites, (ii) help students better understand their own heritage and preserve it; and (iii) encourage students to take an active part in maintaining their landscapes, environments, and heritage through civic engagement projects. This approach has been successful in our study regions; and preliminary results are presented here.

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Sustainable Heritage through Community Engagement and Education. Ruth Maher, Jane Downes. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443829)

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