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
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If you had yet not noticed, the current issue of the SAA Bulletin at 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 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:  Your information will be compiled and passed on 
to the SAA Washington office, where it will be maintained and utilized.