Vlog to Death: Project Eliseg's Video-Blogging

Joseph Tong1, Suzanne Evans2,3, Howard Williams4, Nancy Edwards2 and Gary Robinson2

1. Archaeological Research Services, Angel House, Portland Square, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1HB, UK. joseph@archaeologicalresearchservices.com
2. School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG, Wales, UK. n.edwards@bangor.ac.uk / g.robinson@bangor.ac.uk
3. Llangollen Museum, Parade Street, Llangollen, Clwyd, LL20 8PW, Wales, UK. suze.se@gmail.com
4. Department of History and Archaeology, University of Chester, Chester CH1 4BJ, UK. howard.williams@chester.ac.uk

Cite this as: Tong, J., Evans, S., Williams, H., Edwards, N., Robinson, G. (2015). Vlog to Death: Project Eliseg's Video-Blogging, Internet Archaeology 39. http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.39.3


Aerial view of The Pillar under excavation

Project Eliseg involved three field seasons (2010–12) of survey and excavation at the multi-period mortuary and commemorative monument known as the Pillar of Eliseg, near Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales. Each season incorporated an evolving range of media and public engagement activities, with digital media employed to disseminate ongoing work both globally and locally, including to those unable to access the site during the excavation seasons. One of the key strategies employed via digital media in seasons 2 and 3 was a daily video-blog (hereafter: vlog). This article presents and appraises the rationale, design, content and reception of the Project Eliseg vlog revealing key lessons in the use of digital media in archaeological fieldwork, particularly for those engaged with the archaeology of death, burial and commemoration.

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