Digging Archaeology through Social Media

  • Siebrecht, M. (Organiser)
  • Sasja Van der Vaart-Verschoof (Organiser)
  • Sigrid van Roode (Organiser)

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Public outreach is an essential part of archaeology. To ensure ethical accountability to impacted communities, policy-makers, and funding bodies, the relevance of archaeo- logical research must be shared with the wider public. In the last two decades, digital opportunities for facilitating such outreach have developed significantly since the earliest discussions of ‘digital public archaeology’, as has internet connectivity and the online presence of modern society in general.

Social media forms an excellent medium for archaeologists to share research and results, while also enthusing the general public—and each other—regarding the discipline. Familiarity with the media-consumption habits and needs of particular groups is therefore important, as is an understanding of how social media can be used to share and highlight current archaeological research.
To further explore this topic, we will be hosting a FREE online workshop on Gather Town focusing on the dissemination of archaeological research through social media. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to like-minded archaeologists—including individual researchers, museums and research institutions, heritage organisations, and one-time projects—sharing their experiences on social media outreach. There will also be the opportunity for participants to have their social media presence reviewed by a professional
outreach coach Petra Kevenaar of social media management bureau “Hashtag Junkies” in a smaller-scale interactive session.
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