Write a report reviewing at least 3 different archaeological projects from around the world. Below is a list of websites with several potential archaeological projects to look at. You must review at least 3 projects, but you may use more (remember to stay under the 6 page limit). You may also search the internet for different sites from the ones listed below.
Your report should start with a quick overview of each project. You will then need to address the questions and topics that are listed below. These questions are intended to help you start the writing process. You are more than welcome to discuss issues that go beyond the questions presented here. In addition, you will need to use your text book and your notes when appropriate. To help the Conservancy, you need to rank the archaeological projects in terms of quality of work, potential for public use, threatened nature, and heritage importance.
Potential archaeological project websites:
1. What are the research questions of the archaeological project? If they have no questions,
what is the intended purpose of the archaeological project?
2. Do the research questions have definite goals? Are these goals achievable in the short- run or are they more representative of long term research desires? Are you unable to assess these issues?
3. How do they present their data? Do they describe their methods and techniques (in other words do they describe how they are digging)?
4. Does the project have a concern for publication? Do they have data available online? Do they provide a list of project publications?
1. Does the project discuss any interaction with local communities where the archaeological
2. Do they have any structured programs to interact with the local community?
3. If not, do they instead involve governmental institutions? Do they collaborate with local archaeologists or scholars?
4. If not, why do you think they have no interaction with local communities?
1. Does this project have a component that attempts to get information out to an audience
that is greater than the academic community (This can include the website itself)?
2. Do they offer programs for students to learn archaeological methods and techniques? If yes, what does this educational component entail? Do they offer credit from an accredited university? If yes, how much credit and what is the cost? What is the purpose of this educational program?
3. Do they offer opportunities for “amateur” volunteers to participate in an archaeological project? Are these free opportunities or do people have to pay for the chance to work with archaeologists? What do you think about this?
4. Who is the intended audience of the website? What is the purpose of the project website, and what do you think the website authors hope to get from it? Why?
1. Does the project have a concern for protecting the archaeological resources they have or
will have uncovered?
2. Do they have a program that is intended to protect the archaeological site from looting, development, destruction, etc?
3. Or, is the project itself a salvage program in that they are trying to recover as much information as possible from an archaeological site that will inevitably be destroyed?
4. If they are protecting the site, why are they trying to protect the site and for whom?
For Final Thoughts:
1. What can you say about all of these projects as a whole?
2. What does your analysis say about the purpose of archaeological research, the long term intentions of archaeological research and the potential for long term protection of cultural heritage? How or how not is archaeological research like this important to you and local communities?
Structure of the report:
Your first paragraph should be an introduction to the website project, discussing the point of the paper and preliminary statement of your conclusions.