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Public Benefits of Archaeology by Roger G. Kennedy


Public Benefits of Archaeology by Roger G. Kennedy

Little brings together an unprecedented mix of authors from all aspects of the profession, as well as several non-archaeologists, who address the broad range of contributions that archaeology makes beyond research. Their discussion confronts the issue of exactly who the public is and why it should care about archaeology at all. These authors prove, in exploring diverse cross-sections of the public, that archaeology plays a crucial role in providing an authentic past, opportunities for critical thinking, and multicultural education. The electic nature of the collection allows for a thorough exploration of major issues central to the conduct of archaeological scholarship: museum and site interpretation, site preservation, education, media relations, descendant communities, and politics and public policy.


It is no longer a question that conducting archaeology with an eye toward the general public is important for the discipline. What Little has accomplished in this volume is to push the dialogue further in exploring both why it is important to a nonarchaeology audience and how it is important in our world today. - Mark Warner, University of Idaho

About the Author

Barbara J. Little is an archaeologist for the National Park Service and has served as secretary of the Society for American Archaeology. She is the coauthor of Assessing Site Significance: A Guide for Archaeologists and Historians and coeditor of several volumes, including The Historical Archaeology of the Chesapeake.

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Publication date

31st May 2002


Roger G. Kennedy

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University Press of Florida


288 pages


Archaeological theory
Social theory



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