Message #389: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Communicating Archaeology with the Public Date: Sat, 30 Nov 96 12:36:00 MST Encoding: 34 TEXT If you had yet not noticed, the current issue of the SAA Bulletin at http://www.sscf.ucsb.edu:80/SAABulletin/14.5/SAA16.html contains an article by Barbara Mills titled "The Archaeological Field School in the 1990s: Collaboration in Research and Training. It deals with field school issues on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (east-Central Arizona). Mills' article asks the interesting question: "Can an archaeological field school conduct research, provide training in field and lab techniques, and interact with the many different publics interested in our work? " Another Bulletin article http://www.sscf.ucsb.edu:80/SAABulletin/14.5/SAA8.html deals with the issue of public interest in archaeological research. The piece asks professional archaeologists to contribute their name to a database to be shared with the media. The purpose of the database, according to the Public Relations Committee, is to "....develop a press information referral network consisting of professional archaeologists willing to provide expert commentary at the local and national level. This list will be maintained at the SAA office and individual names given out only in response to specific requests for a particular subject or geographical area. Members in this referral system would serve as occasional press contacts to verify and identify the significance of various archaeological news stories. This method of providing the press with solid information will, over time, serve the profession by creating a more enlightened public, one educated to the relevance of archaeology. " SWA encourages everyone on the SASIG e-mail list to submit your name and a description of your professional expertise to: Elin Danien, Chair, Public Relations Committee, 2316 Lakeview Drive, Yardley, PA 19067. Or send your information via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your information will be compiled and passed on to the SAA Washington office, where it will be maintained and utilized.