Educating The Public About Archeological Excavations

Author(s): Suzanne Spencer-Wood

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "The Public and Our Communities: How to Present Engaging Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Public education is important to promote understanding of archaeology. Excavations I have directed since 1972 have both educated students and welcomed visits and participation of local adults and children who became interested in the hands-on experiential learning involved in excavations. Media publications, including newspaper articles, radio programs and TV programs are major instruments I have used to educate the public about excavations. I wrote scripts for two videos about excavations and was featured in these and another one by Vermont TV. One of the videos won a first place award for public education in a Massachusetts community cable TV contest in 1984. In 1986 I successfully lobbied the state legislature, along with the West Roxbury Historical Society, to make Brook Farm into a Massachusetts state park. In 2005 a Detroit Free Press newspaper article educated the public about the volunteer excavations I co-directed at a parsonage site in Michigan.

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Educating The Public About Archeological Excavations. Suzanne Spencer-Wood. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449168)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 499