Cite this as: Roberts, H., Gale, J. and Welham, K. 2020 A Four Stage Approach to Community Archaeology, illustrated with cases studies from Dorset, England, Internet Archaeology 55. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.55.6
This article presents an approach to guide the planning, development and evaluation of community archaeology. This will assist practitioners of all forms of community archaeology by providing a pathway to ethical practice that will benefit all. The approach focuses attention on four elements that are integral to community archaeology and which should always be considered: Who (the people involved); Why (their motivation); the Archaeology (in the broadest sense, including research questions and research methods); and How (the specific format the community engagement will take). This framework is applied to three case study community archaeology projects in Dorset, England, in order to demonstrate challenging examples of planned and reflexive community archaeology.
Corresponding author: Hayley Roberts
Co-authors: John Gale
Co-authors: Kate Welham
Figure 1a / Figure 1b : Maps showing the location of case studies 1 and 3. Case study 2 was also conducted close to the village of Portesham, Dorset. Its exact location is not shown owing to the sensitive nature of the site and the wishes of the landowner
Figure 2: : Case study 2: Conducting earth resistivity survey. Image credit: Hayley Roberts
Figure 3 : Results from the earth resistivity survey conducted to the north of the site of the Portesham Mirror discovery. Image credit: Hayley Roberts
Figure 4: The participants in case study 3 during the site visit. Image credit: Hayley Roberts
Figure 5: Valley of Stones field system. Image credit: Hayley Roberts
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