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Public Engagement and Education: Developing and Fostering Stewardship for an Archaeological Future

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Public Engagement and Education

Developing and Fostering Stewardship for an Archaeological Future

Edited by Katherine M. Erdman

286 pages, 40 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-144-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (February 2019)

ISBN  978-1-80073-436-4 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Not Yet Published (March 2022)

eISBN 978-1-78920-145-1 eBook

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“Beginning from the premise that, done well, archaeology can be a tool that transcends boundaries, helps to create social justice and is an excellent way of teaching cultural sensitivity, Erdman’s volume brings together case studies that combine to form a handbook for encouraging responsible engagement in archaeology and stewardship of heritage.” • Antiquity

“This volume is overall well edited and illustrated. It is not only a welcome addition to the ever-growing discipline of public archaeology and education, but also a testament to the passion and creativity of these authors and educators of all walks of life. It is written in a way that makes it accessible to people of all ages… It would be an excellent addition to any educator’s toolkit and graspable to the general public.” • Heritage & Society

“This book provides nuanced and reflective perspectives on archaeology education in practice; on the whole it is both theoretically-informed and grounded in real-world experience. It offers a range of viewpoints, and much that is thought-provoking… This book provides a good foundation course.” • Archäologische Informationen


The world’s collective archaeological heritage is threatened by war, development, poverty, climate change, and ignorance. To protect our collective past, archaeologists must involve the general public through interpersonal experiences that develop an interest in the field at a young age and foster that interest throughout a person’s life. Contributors to this volume share effective approaches for engaging and educating learners of all ages about archaeology and how one can encourage them to become stewards of the past. They offer applied examples that are not bound to specific geographies or cultures, but rather, are approaches that can be implemented almost anywhere.

Katherine M. Erdman holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and is continuing her research in Iron Age and Gallo-Roman archaeology as a Visiting Scholar at the same institution. She has been working with different organizations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro to teach adult and senior learners about archaeology since 2012.

Subject: Archaeology Educational Studies