Since its very beginning, archaeology has in many senses always
related to a much wider constituency than just archaeologists. This
relationship between archaeology and the public has often been
overlooked and constantly changes. Public archaeology, as a field
of research and practice, has been developing since the 1970s in
English-speaking countries, particularly in the United States,
Britain, and Australia, and is today beginning to spread to other
parts of the world. Global expansion of public archaeology comes
with the recognition of the need for a careful understanding of
local contexts, particularly the culture and socio-political
This volume critically examines the current theories and
practices of public archaeology through relevant case studies from
different regions throughout the world, including: Japan, China,
South Korea, New Caledonia, South Africa, Senegal, Jordon, Italy,
Peru, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.
These case studies are examined from a wide variety of theoretical
contexts, to provide a thorough and comprehensive guide to the
state of public archaeology today, as well as implications for its
As the theory and practice of public archaeology continues to
change and grow, archaeology s relationship with the broader
community needs to be critically and openly examined. The
contributions in this wide-ranging work are a key source of
information for anyone practicing or studying archaeology in a
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