3. Aims and Objectives

The objective of this project was to bridge the gaps between archaeologist, subject, and audience, as well as facilitate user-led engagement with the past, using the archaeology of early modern post-Reformation church discipline as a case study. In order to achieve this, five key aims and objectives were identified.

  1. To understand the performance of discipline by identifying relationships between bodily, emotional and/or intellectual engagements with the following:
    1. material culture of discipline
    2. church architecture and environment
    3. Bible teachings
    4. socially constructed individual experiences
    5. community experiences
  2. To present those understandings in a medium that allowed readers to become participants, both in the archaeological interpretation process and in a translated experience of the performance of discipline, by exploring relationships independently.
  3. To assess participant engagement with the material provided and determine whether the potential exists for a deeper connection to the past or differential understandings of it, when readers have an active role in creating narratives of said past.
  4. To identify the strengths and weaknesses of the presentation format.
  5. To test the potential of participant interpretations as an investigative tool for understanding participant audience perspectives and experiences in the past.

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