Is the 9-5 Dig Killing Public Archaeology ( #pubarch )?

Doug's Archaeology

What if I told you that before the first trowel goes into the ground for your public archaeology (#pubarch on twitter) dig you probably have excluded half the population? Would you be shocked? Would you be surprised? Has this ever crossed your mind?

About a month ago I wrote a post on diversity and archaeology, more specifically the lack of it in UK professional archaeology, and how location might be a factor in attracting audiences e.g. if you don’t have a car to get to a dig you won’t be able to participate. In this post I continue that trend by looking at how we schedule our public archaeology digs and how this affects what sort of audiences we attract. In the UK there are roughly 63 million people, as of the 2011 census.  As of September there are roughly 30 million Brits in employment. Some quick…

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archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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