Advisor

Kenneth M. Ames

Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology

Department

Anthropology

Physical Description

1 online resource (115 p.)

Subjects

Archaeology -- Study and teaching, Indians of North America -- Study and teaching -- Pacific Northwest, Indians of North America -- Washington (State) -- Antiquities, Chinookan Indians -- Antiquities, Cathlapotle Site (Wash.) -- Antiquities

DOI

10.15760/etd.5491

Abstract

There is growing awareness of the importance of public outreach in archaeology. Many professional archaeologists argue that in order to ensure continued funding we must communicate the relevance of our discipline to the public in a more effective manner. Furthermore, it is often argued that public outreach and education provides perhaps the only reliable defense against looting and rampant psuedoarchaeology.

Current outreach activities, however, tend to focus on what archaeologists have discovered about the past. While this type of outreach is important, a more effective model for public outreach would focus on the methods of archaeology, rather than the results. Archaeology, with its focus on multiple lines of evidence, intertwining of the sciences and humanities, and multi-cultural perspective provides a unique model for addressing and answering questions, a model which could serve as a base for education. Promoting the methods of archaeology as an educational model, or at the very least, remembering the methods in our outreach activities, may be, in the long run, the most effective method for establishing the relevance of our discipline.

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Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20558

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