• Archaeodeath as Digital Public Mortuary Archaeology

    Author(s):
    Howard Williams (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology, Burial, Death, Archaeology--Data processing
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    public archaeology, Burials, Digital archaeology, Monumentality
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/tn4b-ja44
    Abstract:
    Since 2013, I have been writing an academic WordPress weblog (blog) – Archaeodeath: The Archaeology and Heritage of Death & Memory. In earlier publications, I have published preliminary reflections on the benefits of Archaeodeath as ‘digital public mortuary archaeology’ (DPMA), considering how it affords a mode of open-access public dissemination of mortuary archaeology, and a venue for debating and critiquing the archaeology and heritage of death and memory (Meyers and Williams 2014; Williams and Atkin 2015). Building on these discussions, this chapter reviews five-and-a-half years of the Archaeodeath blogging to the end of 2018, presenting the character of the blog’s content and its reception, identifying challenges and limitations of the medium, and (equally significantly in understanding its utility) considering key decisions regarding how I choose not to deploy this blog. I identify Archaeodeath as more than outreach or engagement, but as a digital platform increasingly both integral to, and transforming, my academic teaching and research practice.
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