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This years SAA (Society of American Anthropology) meeting will feature a conference session on Blogging in Archaeology.  Doug’s Archaeology has created a blogging carnival, for those who would like to contribute but are unable to attend in person.  This is a really interesting way to see who is blogging in archaeology and why.  November is the first month, and he has posed two questions for bloggers to answer:

Why blogging? – Why did you, or if it was a group- the group, start a blog?

I started the Traces of the Past blog to promote our exhibition around its launch in May 2013.  I thought it would be a good way to share with the public how we had prepared for an exhibition, which was something we hadn’t done as a company for a long time and certainly not on the scale of TOTP.   Because the exhibition is funded with EU project money and our company is funded by the Heritage Council, it is important for us that people feel as involved as possible.  A conference and Archaeology day for the public were held on the same day as the launch, so it was a nice way of sharing these events with people also.

I knew that the exhibition would travel and I hoped that I would be able to pass the blog over to the individual hosts, so that they might interact with local visitors and track it’s movements around Ireland and Europe.

Why are you still blogging?

The exhibition is still travelling.  It is currently in Terminal 1 of Dublin airport, a place which allows it to reach the thousands coming in and out of Ireland.  In January it will move to Galway City Museum.  Meanwhile, our French Archaeolandscapes EU partners are preparing to adopt the digital copy of our exhibition, translate it, and put it on display.  They are also excited to make use of the blog, so it will take on a new life, even as our physical copy comes off stream.

The blog has allowed us to bring some of the work that our Arcland partners do to our readers’ attention.  This is great because it can be harder for the smaller projects to get the attention that they deserve.  While we do not have a massive readership, it has allowed us to connect with people who go to see the exhibition, and those who can’t, and with people who wanted to host it.

As a company, it has given us a new way to connect with the public, outside of Facebook, Twitter and our own website.  It provides a more informal forum than our website and hopefully when this blog moves on to greener pastures, we will have the bandwidth to create a new blog for the Discovery Programme.

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  1. Pingback: Blogging Archaeology #BlogArch – All of the Responses to Why? | Doug's Archaeology

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