Publicizing Archaeology in Britain in the Late Twentieth Century

Mick Aston

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199237821
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Publicizing Archaeology in Britain in the Late Twentieth Century

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Archaeology attempts to examine, explain, and clarify three aspects. First, the relict monuments scattered about, which have no relation to contemporary life; second, the structures that turn up in the ground (which were unsuspected in many cases); and third, the finds that are found in the soil – again, often very different from things used in modern culture. Archaeology builds on what have always been fascinating aspects for the public, and tries to explain what they see and find in a systematic way. For archaeology to survive as an aspect of modern life, archaeologists must continue to interest the general public. The widespread interest in archaeology and the large number of part-time groups is a direct reflection of earlier extra-mural classes. Although archaeology is an academic subject, an intellectual pursuit, universities often do not consider their role to be investigators of the local archaeology of their region, or making it accessible to the public.

Keywords: archaeology; modern life; extra-mural classes; local archaeology; relict monuments

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Subjects: Archaeology ; Contemporary and Public Archaeology

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