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Public Archaeology and Engagement in the Origins of Doha and Qatar Project

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Doha’s glass and steel skyscrapers rise over the artificial corniche, their watery reflections broken by the wake of brightly colored wooden dhows, coasting below. Groups of people pose and grin for ‘selfies’ against this backdrop, performing their place in Doha’s history, between the old pearling town and its new ascendency. The Origins of Doha and Qatar project explores this tension in the landscape through examining the foundation and historic growth of Doha, its transformation to a modern city, and the lives and experiences of its people through a combination of archaeological investigation, historical research and oral testimony. This project employs a variety of outreach strategies, both online and in-person to raise awareness about the increasingly threatened urban heritage beneath the modern landscape. These strategies incorporate the challenges raised while conducting archaeological outreach amongst a rapidly changing and diverse population with widely varying perceptions of heritage. This chapter discusses the Origins of Doha and Qatar project’s public archaeology strategy and how it has changed through an active dialogue with members of the community.

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    The Radwani House, first built in the 1920s, represents a traditional Qatari family dwelling, which, although extensively restored in 2007, features many traditional architectural elements (Eddisford & Morgan, 2013).

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    For an understanding of the necessity for such translations, see Abdel Aziz (2016).

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Morgan, C., Carter, R., Aziz, F.A., Al Thani, M. (2022). Public Archaeology and Engagement in the Origins of Doha and Qatar Project. In: Badran, A., Abu-Khafajah, S., Elliott, S. (eds) Community Heritage in the Arab Region. One World Archaeology. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-07446-2_5

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