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Public Archaeology: sharing best practice. Case studies from Wales

Seren Griffiths, Ben Edwards and Ffion Reynolds

Cite this as: Griffiths, S., Edwards, B. and Reynolds, Ff. 2020 Public Archaeology: sharing best practice. Case studies from Wales, Internet Archaeology 55. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.55.1

Summary

In 2013, Cadw published the 'Cadw Community Archaeology Framework'. This defined community archaeology practice in Wales, and outlined: a range of aims; a definition and context for community archaeology; a background to community archaeology; a vision for community archaeology; and a commitment to working with partners and communities. In 2018, five years after the publication of this document, the authors undertook a survey of the state of public archaeology practice in Wales in response to this document in order to identify best practice case studies, and from these to draw together, and share, consistent themes. Data collection took the form of a series of structured interviews with the Welsh Archaeological Trusts, as well as drawing on the authors' own experiences of public archaeology practice. We also include observations from our own practice at the Bryn Celli Ddu public archaeology landscape project. We aim to produce an inclusive, outward-facing series of research recommendations, designed to build on the Cadw/Welsh Government Framework in order to identify and support best practice, and to facilitate its dissemination.

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  • Keywords: Public archaeology, best practice, collaborative, value, responsive, creative, relationships
  • Accepted: December 2019. Published: 11 May 2020
  • Funding: The publication of this article was funded by Manchester Metropolitan University

Corresponding author: Seren Griffiths
seren.griffiths@mmu.ac.uk
Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Co-authors: Ben Edwards,
Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Ffion Reynolds,
Heritage and Arts Manager, Cadw, Welsh Government, Plas Carew, Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed, Parc Nantgarw, Cardiff, CF15 7QQ

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Figure 1: Key values in public archaeology that we have identified as part of our research. Images copyright Adam Stanford

Figure 2: Key mechanisms for disseminating best practice that we have identified as part of our research. Images copyright Adam Stanford

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