Archaeology is not just an esoteric field of study for academic curiosity. While I do think that learning about humanity’s past as seen through the material culture we leave behind has intrinsic value, archaeology speaks to many of the important social, political, and environmental issues of today. This is one of the reasons why most of the academic archaeology done in the US is publicly funded (and I believe the public has a right to know what they are funding). I also strongly believe that descendant communities are the rightful owners of the archaeological records of their ancestors, and everyone has the right to know and critique what archaeologists are learning and saying about their own ancestors. To these ends, I consider outreach to be integral to my work as an archaeologist.
My past outreach has included activities for elementary school classrooms, workshops for educators, public demonstrations at science-related events, and sharing my work on social media. If you’d like to talk to me about visiting your classroom or event, or partnering with your organization, please contact me.