Public Archaeology for Archaeologists
Web-Based Public Archaeology
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The following are some best examples demonstrating the power of the internet for web-based public archaeology. These examples serve various needs including archaeology tourism, public CRM reporting, academic research initiatives, remote engagement, on-line exhibits, or other ventures. This list is 'just a start'. Please let us know your suggestions and please visit later to see how this page develops. Send your contributions and comments to us here...

Cyber Engagement
Public Outreach via Web Sites
Web-based Archaeology Tourism

On-line Archaeology Exhibits
Public CRM Reporting

Academic Research on Web-based Public Archaeology

Cyber Engagement

Exploring Catalhoyuk in Second Life
an OKAPI project
(Image © Çatalhöyük Research Project)

 Remixing Catalhoyuk
This web site is an experiment in "open construction and dissemination of knowledge about the past" for the archaeology research at Catalhoyuk, a 9000-year-old village located in present-day Turkey. See also this Catalhoyuk web site, the student-friendly interactive tour created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, and this YouTube video walking tour of the site. This article on Catalhoyuk in 'Second Life' and the project wiki discuss cyber visitation of OKAPI Island, the 3-D virtual environment in Second Life exploring the past and present of Catalhoyuk. Daniel Wei and Mark Moglen discuss creating this 3d experience here. Remixing Catalhoyuk Day 2007 was a public program sponsored by OKAPI and the Berkeley Archaeologists at Catalhoyuk (also a movie available on line). Remixing Catalhoyuk is part of the Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI) Scholar’s Box, a four-year UC Berkeley project to develop a national model to enable campus scholars, academic departments, and libraries and museums to create and share open and reusable digital collections to improve campus scholarship and K-12 education. The Scholar’s Box is supported in part by the US Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

Public Outreach via Web Sites


 Council for British Archaeology: The Gateway to British Archaeology Online
This UK educational charity is dedicated to involving people in archaeology and to promoting the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations.Among many other doings, The CBA has been closely involved with the development of archaeological syllabuses for national education exams, and argued vigorously and successfully for the inclusion of archaeology content within the English National History Curriculum.

 FAMSI -- Foundation for the Advancement of MesoAmerican Research

Web-based Archaeology Tourism


 Explore Wyoming's Cultural Heritage This web site is a model of how to advertise archaeology sites for tourism audiences. The University of Wyoming's Department of Anthropology, working with the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the State of Wyoming created this site using Interactive maps and links to web sites with background information to promote tourism to prehistoric and historical archaeology sites and museums in Wyoming. Included are entries (pages) for rock art sites, frontier forts, historic battlefields, and mammoth kill sites.

On-Line Archaeology Exhibits

 Sam Dellinger and the Raiders of the Lost Arkansas Images and artifacts from an award winning exhibit about Arkansas archaeology are presented virtually as well on a web site. Sam Dellinger gathered nearly 8,000 prehistoric artifacts in a quest to protect Arkansas's heritage from dispersal to out-of-state museums and private collectors during the early 20th century. The collection, now recognized as one of the finest collections of prehistoric Native American artifacts in the United States, is at the University of Arkansas Museum. The Dellinger exhibit (at the Old State House, part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage) was guest-curated by Dr. Robert C. Mainfort Jr. of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. The exhibit was funded in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. In 2006, the exhibit received the Southeast Museums Museums Conference Award of Commendation. Museum Director, Bill Gatewood was presented with the 2006 Arkansas Archaeological Society McGimsey Preservation Award.

Public CRM Reporting

Archaeological Exploration and Historic Preservation in Delaware

This web site developed by the Delaware Department of Transportation (Del DOT) shares information with both the public and professionals interested in Delaware history and archaeology, and includes a Kids Archaeology Page. The Archaeology Search Page 

can be searched by type of site or chronological category and retrieves all of the resources-those prepared by and for profesionals, as well as those for the public -- associated with the search. Users can sign up for e-mail alerts for What's New in Archaeology/Historic Preservation via the MyDelDOT Subscription Service.

 Putting the "There" There: Historical Archaeologies of West Oakland
This web presentation of the Cypress Archaeology Project is an outstanding example of reaching out to the public with CRM research. Both an extensive interpretive narrative and individual technical reports are available as html and pdf files. Undertaken by the Anthropological Studies Center at Sonoma State University, this project is one of the largest CRM projects conducted to date as well as one of the most ‘publicly interpreted’.

Academic Research on Web-based Public Archaeology

This resource is an ongoing research project that is helping to understand how anthropological practice is being informed and transformed in cyberspace. Among other references, see this overview summary in Anthropology News, this conference paper (1.4 KB) explaining the agile methodology evaluation strategy at the base of this web resource, and this conference poster (1.4 KB) presenting some of the early research findings.

 Levi Jordan Plantation, TX
This web site was a dissertation research project designed to help us learn "more about how people talk about archaeology and history on the Internet", 1998-circa 2000. Based in multivocality, these web pages are built collaboratively by archaeologists, community members, and other interested people. The page content involves interpretations about the lives of Levi Jordan, his family, and the people who worked for them, first as slaves and, later, as tenant farmers and sharecroppers. (Carol McDavid, 2002, From Real Space to Cyberspace: The Internet and Public Archaeological Practice. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Cambridge).


Updated 09/10/10