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Public Archaeology and Education: Present Relevance to the Past

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_2997-1


Public archaeology can take many forms and, in its most popular ones, aims to bridge the distance between archaeology and people who are not trained in or have had exposure to archaeological practices and their subjects. Within this interaction, education takes center stage, as it is often the goal of such interactions to educate (and at the very least satisfy the curiosity of) the public. In this entry, we will explore several ways in which education is enmeshed in public archaeology, some current debates, as well as potential future directions.


Public archaeology is any archaeological practice which involves (at the receiving end) audiences and practitioners other than trained and qualified archaeology specialists (cf. the similarly broad definition Schadla-Hall 1999: 147). This usually (but not always) means that experts create opportunities for or invite collaborations with nonspecialists, not the other way round (i.e., it is usually a top-down approach). I...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Classics and Ancient HistoryUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marcia Bezerra
    • 1
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia/PPGAUniversidade Federal do Pará/UFPABelémBrazil