As a discipline, Archaeology has developed rapidly over the last half-century. The increase in so-called ‘public archaeology,’ with its wide range of television programming, community projects, newspaper articles, and enhanced site-based interpretation has taken archaeology from a closed academic discipline of interest to a tiny minority to a topic of increasing interest to the general public. This book explores how archaeologists share information – with specialists from other disciplines working within archaeology, other archaeologists, and a range of non-specialist groups. It emphasises that to adequately address contemporary levels of interest in their subject, archaeologists must work alongside and trust experts with an array of different skills and specializations.
Drawing on case studies from eleven countries, Sharing Archaeology explores a wide range of issues raised as the result of archaeologists’ communication both within and outside the discipline. Examining best practice with wider implications and uses beyond the specified case studies, the chapters in this book raise questions as well as answers, provoking a critical evaluation of how best to interact with varied audiences and enhance sharing of archaeology.
1. Sharing Archaeology: Introduction Peter Stone 2. Sharing Archaeology: An Obligation Not a Choice Peter Stone 3. Crossing Boundaries Thilo Rehren 4. Archaeology: Sharing with Whom? A Review of ‘Excavation Report of Hezhang Kele Site in 2000’ Li Ling 5. Information, Knowledge and Ideas: The Archaeological Data and Related Information-Dissemination of Knowledge Cao Bingwu 6. Cultural Heritage Management and Public Participation: Case Studies in Conservation and Renovation of Large Scale Ancient City Ruins Shan Jixiang 7. Conserving, Managing and Utilizing the World Heritage in China: A Case of Yinxu Site, Anyang City, Henan Province Jigen Tang 8. Important to Whom? How Different Communities Can Have Different Perceptions of the Value of an Archaeological Site: A Case-Study from Xi’an, China Rui Pang 9. The Workers’ and Farmers’ Archaeology of the Cultural Revolution Wang Tao 10. From Excavation to Dissemination - Breaking Down the Barriers Between Archaeology and the Public Shahina Farid 11. The MATRIX Project (Making Archaeology Teaching Relevant in the XXIst Century): An Approach to the Efficient Sharing of Professional Knowledge and Skills with a Large Audience K Anne Pyburn and George S Smith 12. The Construction of Chinese Archaeology Website and Communication in Archaeology Zhu Naicheng and Qiao Yu 13. Sharing the Past: Archaeology and Community Engagement in Southern Africa Innocent Pikirayi 14. Involving the Public in Archaeological Fieldwork: How Heritage Protection Policies Do Not Always Serve Public Interests Dominic Perring 15. How to Share Archaeological Excavation in Situ with the Public: A Case Study from Nanwang Site in Shandong Province, China Jialing Fan 16. Working with Communities to Share Cultural Knowledge Through Tourism: Principles and Practice Lyn Leader-Elliott 17. Preserving the Past, Enriching the Future: The Work of Heritage
"Sharing Archaeology addresses critical issues regarding the role of archaeologists and archaeology in heritage studies around the world today. It presents an important collection of case studies that illuminate the increasingly complex interactions of archaeologists and other stakeholders, from descendant communities and tourists to journalists and lawmakers. A diverse group of authors provide first-hand experience and valuable insights into the study, presentation, and preservation of the past. Of particular interest are a rich set of examples from China, available for the first time to English speakers. Every practicing archaeologist, student of archaeology, and other specialists and lay people interested in what we can learn from the past will find something of interest in this collection." – Phyllis Messenger, University of Minnesota, USA
"This volume provides an outlet for ‘new’ perspectives on the growing field of public archaeology from areas currently underrepresented in the literature. Its broad mix of case studies and empirical chapters offer students and practicing professionals information to improve understanding of the ways that information is shared between stakeholders. The wide range of topics will do much to increase the ways that writers integrate regional perspectives in global issues." – Joe Watkins, University of Oklahoma, USA