One of our students used specialist skills to develop a 3D model of one of the excavated buildings!
Engagement embedded within teaching
- In Post-Excavation Techniques, we explored communication strategies, covering the nature of final archaeological publications, types of report strategies, grey literature, open source content, public consumption of research materials, future proof publication and interpretation. This included assessing how findings and elements of research papers and publications are re-interpreted in the press and via social media. The sessions covered ethics on a global scale, as social media engagement with the public is an ethical concern for heritage, academia and general archaeological practice.
- In Managing the Past, students reflected on how social media is used within different areas relating to their discipline and how it can enhance their employability. They assessed museums, archaeological companies, universities, international bodies like UNESCO, etc., critically reflecting on the content and stylings offered by these bodies. They also considered their own public profile and what steps they might take to utilize social media to enhance their employability and professional profile, thus supporting career skills development.
- Post-Excavation Techniques: Students improved their learning in a number of fields, but particularly: (75-100%) public engagement; social media, planning engagement strategies, skills that you can take into future careers, benefits and drawbacks of public engagement, and how to be careful with your personal and professional online profiles. Other comments: “Really enjoyed lecture, would be great perhaps to see a future unit on archaeology and the media” / “I really do think better engagement with the university community could be good, … Perhaps in a year or so, it can be something the university is collectively proud of!”
- Managing the Past: Students improved their learning in a number of fields, but particularly: (87-100%) credibility; press releases and the press association; critically assessing how archaeology is presented in the media; and (67%) communication strategies; ethical issues; social media; and public engagement.
- Developing downloadable key-stage learner packs for teachers and school children
- An innovative “Town Museum” community project. This places excavated artefacts on display in homes and businesses alike to create a town exhibition where the community become curators of their own past.