Archaeology as Storytelling
The very real excitement that can surround archaeology, for both archaeologists and members of the public, is often be blurred or overwhelmed by the detail and time involved in the processing of archaeological finds, site management, long and unwieldy reports, neglected archives and delayed or drawn-out projects. Creating a story out of your work can be challenging, and this PATC aims to find out if a conference of archaeological stories, based on archaeological evidence, can both engage participants and transmit archaeological knowledge in a way that does not dilute the science and rigour behind the narrative.
We are holding this conference to continue our attempts to challenge the status quo in terms of communication, diversity and inclusivity. After all, conference attendance has many issues, such as funding and accessibility, so these formats can contribute information which can be used to make archaeology more accessible within as well as outside the profession.
Conferences that cost over £400 to attend are no longer financially viable for most people. Conferences that charge large fees and discuss public and community archaeology are excluding the participants, communities and colleagues with whom we work who do not have access to travel and conference funds, those with caring responsibilities, those with disabilities, or simply those who do not have enough time to travel long distances. There needs to be an alternative.
The hashtag for the January 2019 event will be #PATC3.
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