Community Archaeology in practice
18 April 2012
Gabriel Moshenska and Sarah Dhanjal's edited volume on Community Archaeology: Themes, Methods and Practices has recently been published by Oxbow Books.
Community Archaeology: Themes, Methods and Practices is the first book to examine the rich diversity of community archaeology in contemporary Britain. The papers within the volume are based on a conference held at the Institute in 2006, and reflect the different origins, aims and scales of community-focused archaeological and heritage initiatives, focusing in particular on their contributions to education at all levels. The aim of the book is to provide case studies and examples of good practice that can stimulate and sustain community archaeology in Britain and beyond.
Gabriel and Sarah are co-directors of the Hendon School Community Archaeology Project, established in 2006 and still going strong!
Sarah is also one of the founders of the UCL branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC). The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is the only UK-wide club for young people up to the age of 17 interested in archaeology. YAC@UCL is a local branch that serves young people aged 8-16 in the London area. The branch was set up in 2005 by three UCL alumnae, Sarah Dhanjal, Jenny Stripe, Naomi Hollis with Mike Corbishley. The YAC@UCL leaders arrange 11 monthly activities per year which include experimental archaeology, activities inspired by the wealth of UCL's collections and also site visits.
YAC is a brilliant way to provide sustainable involvement in archaeology for young people. Unfortunately YAC branches are currently under threat through lack of funding. The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) has initiated its 'Dig Deep for YAC' campaign and Sarah will be walking the length (all 84 miles) of Hadrian’s Wall this weekend in order to raise money. You can show your support for Sarah and the work of the CBA by visiting her Hadrian's Wall Walk website.