Centers of Public Archaeology

While all archaeologists have an ethical obligation to include the public in their work, these organizations aim to improve society's relationship with archaeological resources through dedicated study of public dialogue, community outreach, technological research, and policy development.

Archaeology In the Community
A not-for-profit organization that “promotes and facilitates the study and public understanding of archaeological heritage” with informal educational programs, hands-on learning, professional development, and community events.

The Center for Public Archaeology at Hofstra University
The Center for Public Archaeology works with Hofstra students and the greater community to think critically about the relationships between the past and present and the experience of place on Long Island, focusing on the the archaeology of poor and marginal people, such as enslaved and free African Americans, historic Native Americans, and others.

The Center for Heritage Resources Studies at the University of Maryland
Associated with the University of Maryland, this program is dedicated to “responsible heritage development”. The program brings scholars and practitioners together to support a comprehensive approach to the study of heritage, especially the relationship between heritage and the environment.

Center for American Archeology
A not-for-profit organization that investigates the pre-contact history of Illinois through “integrated programs of archeological investigation, educational outreach, and cultural stewardship."

Council for British Archaeology
This UK educational charity is dedicated to involving people in archaeology and to promoting the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Among many other doings, The CBA has been closely involved with the development of archaeological syllabuses for national education exams, and argued vigorously and successfully for the inclusion of archaeology content within the English National History Curriculum.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
A not-for-profit organization that strives to “empower present and future generations by making the human past accessible and relevant through archaeological research, experiential education, and American Indian knowledge."

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN)
A network of professional archaeologists throughout the state of Florida whose mission it is to “educate the public about the wealth of archaeological resources within our state” and to reach out to communities interested in archaeology.

Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network (OKPAN)
A network of archaeologists in Oklahoma who "bridge Oklahoma’s many communities with an interest in the past by promoting education, understanding, and outreach."

The Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) at Binghamton University
The PAF provides CRM work and practices public archaeology by increased visibility in local communities. This is the training facility for undergraduates and graduates in the archaeology program at Binghamton University. The Community Archaeology Program allows the lay public to participate in archaeological excavations conducted by the PAF; an alternative program is geared toward local youth educators.

Web-Based Public Archaeology

The following are some examples demonstrating the power of web-based public archaeology. These examples serve various needs including archaeology tourism, public CRM reporting, academic research initiatives, remote engagement, or other ventures.

Web-based Outreach

Archaeology’s Interactive Digs
Archaeology Magazine produces this web page which features a current dig that is updated regularly by archaeologists in the field so that visitors to the website can follow the progress of the research. Five years of previous digs are archived on the site. Although each site is different most include field reports, dig diaries, and interviews with staff and students.

Levi Jordan Plantation, Texas
This web site was a dissertation research project designed to help us learn "more about how people talk about archaeology and history on the Internet", 1998-circa 2000. Based in multivocality, these web pages are built collaboratively by archaeologists, community members, and other interested people. The page content involves interpretations about the lives of Levi Jordan, his family, and the people who worked for them, first as slaves and, later, as tenant farmers and sharecroppers. This was dissertation research for Carol McDavid (MPhil Cantab, 2002).

Texas Beyond History
This web site was developed by the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with 16 other organizations. Begun in 2001, its purpose is to interpret and share the results of archeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas with the citizens of Texas and the world. In this virtual museum you will find information on and images of many different aspects of the cultural legacy of Texas, a legacy spanning at least 13,500 years.

Web-based CRM Reporting

Digging I95
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) provide information about their findings during the reconstruction project along Interstate 95.

Excavation and Archaeological Investigation at Bartow County's (GA) Leake Site
Archaeological studies were conducted at the important American Indian Leake Site before the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) widened Highways 61 and 113. Between 2004 and 2006, archaeologists from Southern Research, Historic Preservation Consultants, Inc. of Columbus, Georgia, excavated portions of the site that were to be impacted by the highway widening.