Public Archaeology in the UK

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 1 May 2013

MA Public Archaeology student group atop the Dunadd, an Iron Age hillfort in the Kilmartin landscape, Scotland. Photo by Eduardo Escalante.MA Public Archaeology students recently enjoyed a five-day educational trip to Scotland and northern England to gain a wider perspective of Public Archaeology in the UK.

Between the 22nd and 26th March 2013, fourteen students embarked on an incredible journey led by Tim Schadla-Hall and Gabe Moshenska, from Kilmartin Glen in Scotland to the Jorvic Viking centre in Yorkshire. From this trip, some major themes of learning emerged: landscape and site interpretation, museums and display, reconstructing the past, the economic context of archaeology, and outreach and education.

In the current economic climate, archaeology needs to increase its visibility and attract visitors and capitals in order to survive. The trip highlighted for the students the variety of ways in which archaeological sites cope with the economic crisis, at their own scale.

Read the full report of the fieldtrip, produced by students Eduardo Escalante, Lewis Glynn and Agathe Dupeyron hereยป