Archaeology and Communication
Archaeology through digital media experiences
As the take up of new media and convergence increases, the world of communication is changing substantially. In this rapidly changing environment, it becomes necessary to reassess the role that media and information and communication technologies can play in engaging the public with archaeology, if, as archaeologists, we wish to communicate effectively.
The Archaeology and Communication Research Network will identify and research the new ‘spaces’ that seem open for archaeologists, exploring the potential for collaboration with commissioners, producers (in the case of television and radio programmes, for example), museum professionals, ICT experts, networking portals, and other private companies.
Given the cross-media approach of the research pursued, the Network includes and welcomes researchers and professionals with a variety of interests in and connections to the communications world in its many forms.
For the biennium 2010-2012, the Network has established:
- The aim of defining ‘strategies’ for engaging non-specialist audiences with archaeology through digital media experiences
Recent activities include:
ACRN and CASPAR Conference on Digital Engagement in Archaeology: Strategies and Evaluation Methods
Organisers: Chiara Bonacchi and Dan Pett (British Museum)
UCL Institute of Archaeology | 8-9 November 2012
- Book launch for Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement.
London: Archetype Publications
UCL Institute of Archaeology | 9 May 2012
ACRN Workshop: Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online
UCL Institute of Archaeology | 22 May 2012
- ACRN & CASPAR Workshop: Archaeologists and the Digital. Towards Stategies of Engagement
UCL Institute of Archaeology |16 May 2011
This workshop proposed various ‘strategies’ via which archaeologists may engage the non-specialist public through digital media experiences. Contributions identified some of the most promising uses of digital technologies in different domains of archaeological communication and the benefits they can generate for participants; each use was presented through one or more case studies, highlighting how these media experiences were designed and consumed and what characteristics can be accounted for the benefits that they have generated. The final discussion provided space for debating proposed ‘strategies’, their criticalities and margin of repeatability. The potential, for archaeologists, to use digital technologies for an ‘unfiltered’ communication with the public was explored, with attention paid to understand the public’s consumption of communication.
Reviews of the event are available here»
- Bonacchi, C. (ed), 2012. Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype Publications
- Paul Burtenshaw
- Dimitra Christidou
- Stuart Eve
- Charles Furneaux
- Andrew Gardner
- Brian Hole
- Akira Matsuda
- Gabriel Moshenska
- Theano Moussouri
- Tina Paphitis
- Anna Paterlini
- Lorna Richardson
- Anastasia Sakellariadi
- Colin Sterling
- Amara Thornton