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Public Education in Archaeology in North America

Alice Beck Kehoe

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199237821
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199237821.013.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Public Education in Archaeology in North America

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Education is a Good Thing in bourgeois culture, the instrument of state hegemony. The contrast between ‘historical archaeology’, intended for a viewing public, and ‘prehistoric archaeology’ lies in the goal of answering questions about cultural evolution and aboriginal culture sequences. Discussions about ‘public education in archaeology’ easily overlook its beginning and continuing role in presentations of historical sites. Public education in archaeology is multifarious. Its formal beginning in America was the 1879 founding of the Archaeological Institute of America. The Society for American Archaeology and its sister, the Canadian Archaeological Association, remain the principal organizations for professional archaeologists in North America. Their primary responsibility is to their members' professional standing and employment, entailing encouraging the expansion of work opportunities for archaeologists.

Keywords: historical archaeology; public education; North America; professional archaeologists; cultural evolution

Article.  6366 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Contemporary and Public Archaeology ; Archaeology of North America

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