As mentioned in a recent post on upcoming archaeology conferences, the community archaeology group Elmet Archaeology are meeting up for their annual Dearne Valley Archaeology Day in late May (tickets available from £14 to £18, book now). The one day conference is open to archaeologists, amateur archaeologists and the public alike and will cover a wide range of topics during the course of the day. Speakers will be coming from across the archaeology divide with talkers coming from academia, commercial and the community archaeology spheres including among them one David Connolly of BAJR and Past Horizon fame, Brendon Wilkins of DigVentures, and Professor Joann Fletcher from the University of York.
Also along these luminaries presenting is yours truly! I am somewhat nervous and apprehensive about giving a public talk, but I am very much looking forward to it. In a way I am bringing this blog out into the public sphere in person, a somewhat daunting task of trying to make the digital physical.
So here are the details of where to head to and when, along with the abstract of my talk:
Date/Location: Saturday 31st of May at the Dearne Valley College in Wath-Upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire.
Title: Blogging Archaeology Online: Thoughts and Reflections on the Rise of Internet Archaeology.
Key Words: Amateur archaeology, archaeology, blogging, digital media, human evolution, human osteology, internet archaeology, online research, open access, technology.
This paper will discuss the vibrant online world of archaeological blogging. In particular the paper will focus on the These Bones of Mine blog, the author’s own blog, outlining the site’s inception and subsequent growth in promoting the fields of archaeology, human osteology and human evolution. The value of archaeology blogging will be framed and discussed through a personal lens in relation to the above site. The recent growth in the amount of archaeology blogs is reflected in the diversity and the independent nature of the sites themselves – no two archaeology blogs are alike, either in tone or in style. Both professional and amateur archaeologists use blogs to explore diverse research topics, engage in public outreach, and highlight topics not often discussed in more scholarly publications. By blogging, professionals and amateurs alike are producing a publicly available record on the value of archaeology. As such this paper will highlight how my blog, These Bones of Mine and others, are making and promoting inclusive open access to archaeology. It will also encourage others to engage with digital media, to either start producing their own content or to take a look at archaeology online. The rise of Open Access, the drive to make academic and research documents available to all, will also be discussed as this matters to many archaeology bloggers. The paper will conclude with some thoughts on the future of blogging, both of my own personal site and on blogging as an outreach format in general.
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