Partnering With Communities




Did you know that many archaeologists partner with the public to explore archaeological sites?

Community groups, descendents of former site occupants, and local historians are just some of the many interested parties who work side-by-side archaeologists in exploring the past. Archaeologists frequently look to local residents for historical information or for assistance in the actual excavation of a site.

See some examples of archaeological partnerships





Community Involvement in Archaeology

Many archaeologists want the public to be directly involved in archaeological projects. After all, it is your community and your heritage being studied! Become an active participant in archaeology research and determine for yourself what archaeological resources mean to you and to your community.




Contact an archaeologist in or near your community here

Who benefits from archaeology?

Could you or your community benefit from a partnership with archaeologists? There is no simple answer to this question, but examples of the public benefits of archaeology are plentiful.





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What is this type of ‘partnering’ called?

Archaeologists have many names for projects in which archaeologists and interested members of the public work together. These include ‘public archaeology’, ‘community archaeology’, ‘collaborative archaeology’, ‘civic engagement’, and ‘applied heritage research’. These terms are often used interchangeably.





Learn more about these terms and concepts here


Updated 08.31.12