textbook public archaeology is open-access public archaeology

I’m delighted to say that I was able to make a small contribution to Key Concepts in Public Archaeology (PDF DOI), which explores ‘practice and scholarship where archaeology meets the world’. Realising an ideal of public archaeology, it’s published by UCL Press, under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0) for open access. It’s ‘dedicated to Tim Schadla-Hall who has… inspired and supported a generation of public archaeologists’, including me.


Following the introduction by Gabe Moshenska @GabeMoshenska, it has chapters on:
2. community archaeology, by Suzie Thomas @SuzieThomasHY;
3. economics in public archaeology, by Paul Burtenshaw @paul_burtenshaw;
4. archaeology and education, by Don Henson @DonaldHenson1;
5. digital media in public archaeology, by Chiara Bonacchi @ChiaraBonac;
6. presenting archaeological sites to the public, by Reuben Grima;
7. the archaeological profession and human rights, by me @samarkeolog/@conflictantiq (where I somehow managed to write “Taksim Square” instead of “Gezi Park”, which will be fixed);
8. the Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme in England and Wales, by Roger Bland, Michael Lewis, Daniel Pett @DEJPett, Ian Richardson, Katherine Robbins and Rob Webley @Rob_Webley;
9. alternative archaeologies, by Gabriel Moshenska;
10. commercial archaeology in the UK: public interest, benefit and engagement, by Hilary Orange and Dominic Perring;
11. archaeologists in popular culture, by Gabriel Moshenska;
12. archaeology and nationalism, by Ulrike Sommer; and
13. the market for ancient art, by David W.J. Gill @davidwjgill.


February 2017
Free Enhanced Digital Edition
September 2017
Format: 234 x 156mm
Open Access PDF
ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑41‑9
Apple App
ISBN: 978‑1‑911307‑71‑6
Android App
ISBN: 978‑1‑911307‑72‑3
ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑44‑0
ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑43‑3
ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑40‑2
Pages: 250

Summary of the archaeological profession and human rights

Human rights intertwine with archaeology around the work that is done, the material on which the work is done, the material that the work produces, the labourers who do the work and the communities amongst whom the work is done; equally, they intersect over the work that is not done, the material that is neglected, the narratives that are untold and the people who are marginalised.

This chapter highlights historical interrelations between archaeology and human rights – the use of archaeology in struggles over rights and the assertion of rights over archaeology – then considers intersections between archaeology and affected people’s civil and political, social, cultural, and economic rights.

One Comment to “textbook public archaeology is open-access public archaeology”

  1. Reblogged this on HARN Weblog and commented:
    Interesting stuff here


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