What is Public Archaeology

Public archaeology in the broadest sense is that part of the discipline concerned with studying and critiquing the processes of production and consumption of archaeological commodities.

  1. Archaeological materials
  2. Archaeological knowledge and skills
  3. Archaeological work
  4. Archaeological experiences
  5. Archaeological imagery

These 3 terms are inevitably somewhat simplistic, but it serves to highlight the desperate need for a nuanced understanding of archaeological economics.  This can then form the basis for a more sophisticated and critical form of public archaeology capable of studying and influencing public policy, commercial practices and the multiple, overlapping worlds of contemporary archaeology.

Like its express in the article by Gabriel Moshenska  “Public archaeology is all the New Territories, lying around the periphery of direct research into the remains of material culture … All of them are about the problems which arise when archaeology moves into the real world of economic conflicts and political struggle. In other words, they are about ethics.” Public archaeology is the system to bring back life to material, land, objects anything that has been forgotten.

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