Archaeology for the community:
informing and involving people

Recently, "community archaeology" and the need to further involve the citizens in its development is at the centre of the reflections on the current and future practice of a socially engaged archaeology.

The concept of “heritage community”, insists even stronger on the acknowledgement that communities are entitled to engage with the archaeological heritage that surrounds them forging their historical environment.

It is the different values (social, economic, scientific etc.) that various groups attach to an archaeological site that defines its significance.

Today, the involvement of local communities surrounding archaeological sites (especially in urban contexts with a strong multicultural component) is considered as a crucial element of effective site management.

Alongside with field activities, information and communication technologies allow today a far more dynamic, interactive and participative communication. Social networks, as well as ”apps” for smartphones and tablets offer almost unlimited opportunities for information exchange, dissemination and circulation of documents and shots, allowing everyone to share his views on the cultural heritage with a global community.

Currently, efforts are being made across the sector to engage directly with this audience using information and communication technologies.

In this context, the project will open to constructive interactions with civil society and a multiple range of stakeholders and interest groups, represented by associations, non-governmental organizations, local, national and international networks, gathering also amateurs and volunteers, as well as the general public, in a view of:

• Gathering valuable data for a better understanding of the public image of archaeology and heritage and their importance in the daily life of European citizens.
• Suggesting different mediation actions aiming to attract the attention of the public, both young and adult, towards the archaeological sites that surround them.