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Public Engagement and Education: Developing and Fostering Stewardship for an Archaeological Future

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Public Engagement and Education

Developing and Fostering Stewardship for an Archaeological Future

Edited by Katherine M. Erdman

286 pages, 40 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-144-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (February 2019)

eISBN 978-1-78920-145-1 eBook

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“Beginning from the premise that, done well, archaeology can be a tool that transcends boundaries, helps to create social justice and is an excellent way of teaching cultural sensitivity, Erdman’s volume brings together case studies that combine to form a handbook for encouraging responsible engagement in archaeology and stewardship of heritage.” • Antiquity

“This book provides nuanced and reflective perspectives on archaeology education in practice; on the whole it is both theoretically-informed and grounded in real-world experience. It offers a range of viewpoints, and much that is thought-provoking… This book provides a good foundation course.” • Archäologische Informationen


The world’s collective archaeological heritage is threatened by war, development, poverty, climate change, and ignorance. To protect our collective past, archaeologists must involve the general public through interpersonal experiences that develop an interest in the field at a young age and foster that interest throughout a person’s life. Contributors to this volume share effective approaches for engaging and educating learners of all ages about archaeology and how one can encourage them to become stewards of the past. They offer applied examples that are not bound to specific geographies or cultures, but rather, are approaches that can be implemented almost anywhere.

Katherine M. Erdman holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and is continuing her research in Iron Age and Gallo-Roman archaeology as a Visiting Scholar at the same institution. She has been working with different organizations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro to teach adult and senior learners about archaeology since 2012.

Subject: Archaeology Educational Studies


List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Opening a Dialog: Bringing Archaeology to the Public
Katherine M. Erdman


Chapter 1. Schools and Public Archaeology: Igniting a Commitment to Heritage Preservation
Charles S. White

Chapter 2. Science and Social Studies Adventures: Using an Interdisciplinary Approach to Inspire School-Age Children to Become Knowledge Producers
Katrina Yezzi-Woodley, Chris Kestly, Beth Albrecht, Paul Creager, Joel Abdella, and Katherine Hayes

Chapter 3. Strengthening a Place-Based Curriculum through the Integration of Archaeology and Environmental Education
     Appendix: Questionnaire Designed to Assess Student Understanding of the People and the Land Unit at School of the Wild
Elizabeth C. Reetz, Chérie Haury-Artz, and Jay A. Gorsh

Chapter 4. Engaging with the Past through Writing Accountable First-Person Creative Fiction: BACAB CAAS
     Appendix: BACAB CAAS Final Draft Evaluation Form Used in North American Archaeology Class
Lewis C. Messenger, Jr.


Chapter 5. Archaeologists and the Pedagogy of Heritage: Preparing Graduate Students for Tomorrow’s Interdisciplinary, Engaged Work in Heritage
Phyllis Mauch Messenger

Chapter 6. Gathering Public Opinions about Archaeology and Heritage in Belize: A Drive toward Better Local Access and Programming
Geralyn Ducady

Chapter 7. Archaeology for a Lifetime: Reaching Older Generations through Adult Education Programs
     Appendix: Archaeological Heritage Survey 2015
Katherine M. Erdman


Chapter 8. Best Practices in Archaeology Education: Successes, Shortcomings, and the Future
Jeanne M. Moe

Chapter 9. Navigating Heritage Stewardship in the Digital Age
Jodi Reeves Eyre and Leigh Anne Ellison


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