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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
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Tuesday, December 17 • 9:30am - 1:00pm
TAG34 | Playing with the past, practising for the future : A workshop for experimental community archaeology

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Community archaeology isn’t, and never should be, a box ticking exercise, a bolt-on to existing projects. It’s about keeping archaeology in the public psyche, inspiring the next generation of curious minds, keeping heritage and history relevant whilst acknowledging its inherently political nature. It’s about giving all of our fieldwork and research a relatable element, a touchstone to current community life that anchors it to ideas of belonging, identity, self, and cultural heritage. Community archaeology is as much about the future as it is the past – it ensures a future for heritage and for archaeological services. As budgets get tighter and funding gets scarcer, we need the public. The public, in turn need us – archaeology and heritage can provide opportunities for communities to form thriving hubs of culture, arts, and collaboration in the face of cuts to services and facilities. Beyond that, research is emerging into health and wellbeing outcomes of being involved in archaeology - tangible, quantifiable benefits that need strong further research and evaluation.We can provide a space for wellbeing to flourish, curiosity to be sparked, the incredible research and hard work of all archaeologists to be enjoyed and engaged with by a diverse audience. This session invites anyone working, volunteering, or researching community archaeology, public heritage, museums outreach and related fields. The format is of a workshop. We invite speakers to bring short activities - creative, playful, experimental - that the workshop participants can undertake and evaluate. We encourage submissions from individuals at any stage in their career.

Organisers: Penelope Foreman; Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust • Penelope Foreman; Enabled Archaeology • Hanna Marie Pageau; University of Cardiff • Lara Band; MOLA • William Rathouse; MOLA • Gavin MacGregor; University of Glasgow

9:30 | Penelope Foreman, Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust; Penelope Foreman, Enabled Archaeology | What is Commuity Archaeology for?

9:40 | Poppy Hodkinson, Cardiff University | STEM and Archaeology in UK Primary Schools

10:00 | Aaron Clarke, LP Archaeology | Playful People – Actual Artefacts

10:20 | Session organisers | Open Play!

11:20 | - | BREAK

11:50 | Claire Walton, Butser Ancient Farm | Butser Ancient Farm and Wessex Archaeology: Engaging communities through experimental archaeology.

12:10 | William Rathouse, MOLA | Archaeology for Mental Health and Well-Being: Two Models

12:30 | Penelope Foreman, Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust; Penelope Foreman, Enabled Archaeology | Discussion

13:00 | - | END


Penelope Foreman

Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust
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Poppy Hodkinson

PhD Tutor, Cardiff University
Bio:I'm Poppy, an archaeology research student at Cardiff University. My research project looks at how young people can engage with science when learning about the past, and how that might impact their interest in science in the future. As a research student, I am responsible for... Read More →

Aaron Clarke

LP Archaeology

Claire Walton

Butser Ancient Farm

Hanna Marie Pageau

University of Cardiff

Gavin MacGregor

University of Glasgow

Tuesday December 17, 2019 9:30am - 1:00pm GMT
Room 728 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

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