Re: Public & Experiments

Jeremy Goldstein // PD-AC-L (goldstei@SMTP.LMS.USACE.ARMY.MIL)
Fri, 20 May 1994 07:39:00 -0600

>I am researching public involvement in Experimental Archaeology. Since
>experimental projects offer ways for the public to be involved in archaeology
>that more traditional projects may not; I am trying to locate information about
>how and why people have chosen to include the public in their experiments. The
>basic questions I am trying to explore are:
>1. Was a public element included in the design of the experiment, and if so
>what was the rationale?
>2. What kind of public involvement is meaningful and practical? Did public
>involvement alter the the results in any way?
>If anyone can refer me to good published examples of public involvement, or be
>willing to share their experiences, it will be greatly appreciated. I welcome
>commentary on the topic in general as well.
>Many Thanks in advance,
>Holly Wright
>You may reply directly to me if you prefer.

There is an article that I have forgotten the title to, but it describes the
"Annapolis Project." This project was based on the perceptions and
participation of the public actually present at the site, interacting with the
archeologists with discussion of history and archeological reconstruction.
I'm not sure who wrote the article, it might be Mark Leone in Am. Antiquity?

Good Luck
Jeremy Goldstein