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Tuesday June 2nd 2020 was a day of solidarity around the world.

 

However we at Archaeologists Engage are aware that we must not show allyship on just one day, there must be a commitment in the international heritage sector, which facilitates access to the interpretation of history to do more, ongoing.

 

Yesterday we posted a statement about what we believed we could do to be better in our field of archaeology and cultural heritage. We wanted to share this on a more permanent platform with you all, as something of a mission statement.

 

As ARCHAEOLOGISTS and cultural heritage professionals we have a particular opportunity to bring about change in the narrative.

We work internationally, across the world, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary. We can help stop discrimination.


What can we do?

We can ensure diversity in our research institutions.

We can ensure diverse excavation teams.

We can be inclusive of community groups and indigenous communities when planning projects.

We can amplify the voices of local archaeologists.

We can counter misinformation.

We can ENGAGE more with our communities.

We can acknowledge the politicisation of our work.

We can become involved in education programmes.

We can highlight and work with charities to provide access to heritage and about heritage to minority or disadvantaged communities.

We can highlight misinterpretation in past work.

We can call out problems.

 

We can tell the stories that need telling.

We can empower individuals.

We can empower communities.

 

As educators, researchers, institutions, cultural centres, community activists, volunteers, professionals.....

 

We can do more

We can make discrimination out of date

#makediscriminationoutofdate

 


Thank you for reading and engaging


Dr Tathagata Neogi, Dr Belinda Tibbetts, Linn Marie Krogsrud, Emily Wapshott

UPDATES

 

Visit the Ivory Tower for insights on Communicating heritage at Hadrian's Wall. by LinnMarie Krogsrud.

 

New revelations about the movement of stone shared on The House Archaeologist in The story of Mesolithic quarries on the western coast of South-Norway. by Astrid Nyland.

 

An inclusive approach to heritage education in Kolkata shared on the Ivory Tower. Heritage Walk for Hearing Impaired Children (UNESCO). by Tathatgata Neogi.

 

Visit the House Archaeologist blog to discover more about the Deliberate Destruction in the Bronze Age. by Matt Knight.

 

Challenging the perceptions of heritage ownership on the Ivory Tower blog. Introducing Confusion2.0: Who owns our heritage? by Pritha Mukherjee.

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