Scholarly and Practical Public Archaeology Resources

Public Archaeology is...
Scholarly Public Archaeology

Professional Development

*Do you have materials or ideas that would assist your colleagues in conducting better Public Archaeology? Please use the Feedback Form provided, or forward your submission to the SAA Manager of Education and Information to include your resources in this electronic clearinghouse.

Public Archaeology is...

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Scholarly Public Archaeology

Public Archaeology Bibliography

History of Public Education and Outreach in Archaeology

Awards Recognizing Public Archaeology


A number of awards are given by archaeological societies honoring the work of those involved in archaeology education, avocational archaeology, resource protection, and media coverage. Awards for archaeology-based projects are also bestowed by non-archaeological entities. Learn about the objectives of these awards, the criteria used in selecting recipients, and about the outstanding achievements by archaeologists and members of the public in sharing archaeological information with the public.

Professional Development

NAGPRA Training Videos

The NAGPRA Video Project began in October 2008 with the mission to create a training series that would include grant-writing tips, first-person narratives, program statistics, anecdotal evidence, and in-depth, engaging coverage of the entirety of the law and its consequences. The National NAGPRA Program has conducted fifty interviews in ten cities across the country. These interviews with tribal members, museum officials and Federal agency representatives have created a historic archive of resources on consultation, grants, notices, law making, dispositions, documentation and repatriation. Along with the interviews, the National NAGPRA Program was also able to complete taping and initial video segments on:

  • NAGPRA Notices
  • NAGPRA Grants
  • Consultation under NAGPRA
  • Decision-making under NAGPRA
  • NAGPRA Civil Penalties
  • NAGPRA Review Committee
  • The Development of NAGPRA

The entire eight-segment series is now available to the public on demand, through the National NAGPRA Program’s Official YouTube Channel.

     Visualisation in Archaeology

A portal dedicated to Visual Communication in Archaeology, specifically the production, the form and the organisational power of images in archaeology, and a re-thinking of the boundaries of that exploration. It's both a forum for the circulation of research news on vision and visuality-related studies and a research tool with a searchable bibliography enabling archaeologists and others to learn from and build upon the visualisation-oriented writings of practitioners from a variety of fields. VIA is a collaborative of the archaeological illustration, publication, and graphics concern, 3’s Company (Consultancy) Limited and the University of Southampton with contributions from others (e.g., University of Leicester,University of Plymouth, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford).


 National Park Service Archeology Program: Professional Tools


An online repository for cultural resources professionals needing reference tools for ethics, law, proper practices, management guidelines, training, and publications.

Archaeology for the Public - Resources for Educators


Archaeologists conducting outreach to the public may want to familiarize themselves with this resource created by the SAA Manager of Education and Information and the Smithsonian Institution's Anthropology Outreach Office. Reviewing this unit provides a baseline understanding of the background information that educators may be operating with. The unit includes recommended lesson plans and activities from many sources and much more. Of particular interest to archaeologists are the archaeology education programs developed by educators and the sample, archaeology-based, student projects.

  Cultural Heritage Tourism


This electronic clearinghouse has been developed as a resource for organizations and individuals who are developing, marketing or managing cultural heritage tourism attractions or programs. The site includes information provided by many different members of Partners in Tourism, a coalition of cultural service organizations, the travel industry, and federal agencies that share a common goal of advancing the role of culture and heritage in the travel and tourism industry. The web site serves as a forum for collaborative research, education, promotion, and advocacy. An electronic newsletter, information about funding for heritage tourism, and cultural heritage tourism toolkits are some of the resources available. This web site is managed by the Heritage Tourism Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Public Archaeology As a Career or Research Focus

  • Careers in Archaeology Education (an SAA Public Education Committee Handout)
    This handout produced by the SAA Public Education Committee for use at a CRM Expo in 2005 presents a pragmatic look at some career paths in Public Archaeology -- namely Archaeology Education jobs.
  • Learn here... what educational background and types of experience are useful for a career in archaeology generally. Investigate current archaeology job announcements here...


Network of Archaeology Education Coordinators
This Network of State and Provincial Coordinators is part of the Society for American Archaeology Public Education Committee. These individuals have volunteered to help coordinate archaeology education in each state.

Resources State-By-State
Links to archaeological resources, agencies, and organizations within your state. Please update this list with your suggestions and contributions

SAA Manager, Education and Outreach
The SAA Manager of Education and Outreach responds to inquiries about archaeology from students, teachers, and the general public, serves as the SAA staff liaison to the SAA Public Education Committee, and develops educational materials for professional archaeologists and the public. This SAA staff person works closely with the PEC Web Pages Working Group helping create, gather, and evaluate page content. Since 2001, this staff position has been filled by archaeologist Maureen Malloy (bio). Contact the SAA Manager of Education and Outreach here...

SAA Public Education Committee
Mission statement, Charge, member bios, task group projects, committee history, traveling exhibit, A@PE [Archaeology and Public Education] Newsetter archive.

 Applied Anthropology Social Network
Applied social scientists interested in sharing information about their interests, work, expertise, and research can partake in the social network (on-line community) hosted by the Society for Applied Archaeology (SfAA). This online community allows users to describe themselves (education, expertise, etc.), while at the same time providing more opportunities to highlight specific interests and accomplishments by allowing the uploading of photos and videos. In addition, the online community has such benefits as blogs, electronic forums, and "chat" with others. This SfAA Social Network is available to members and other applied social scientists.



Updated 7/11/2012