Book Chapter

Digital Media in Public Archaeology


Bonacchi C (2017) Digital Media in Public Archaeology. In: Moshenska G (ed.) Key Concepts in Public Archaeology. London: UCL Press, pp. 60-72.

The twenty years following the mid-1990s witnessed a step change in the communication landscape, which can be summarised under the label of new digital media. In this period, the popularity of the Internet and mobile technologies has become more widespread, and previously distinct media forms have been progressively converging into fewer and ‘newer’ ones (Casey et al. 2008: 57–8; Castells 2010; Castells and Cardoso 2005; Lister et al. 2009: 420; Livingstone and Das 2009). An additional development since the early 2000s has been the shift from a straightforwardly informative World Wide Web to a more dramatically interactive Web 2.0 and 3.0, better equipped to support collaboration (e.g. O’Reilly 2005). This chapter will discuss the transformative roles of new digital media in public archaeology. It will focus on addressing key aspects relating to digital engagement, and thereafter explore pos- sible applications of ‘media-as-data’ (Housley et al. 2014: 7) for public archaeology research.

digital heritage

FundersUniversity College London
Publication date01/01/2017
PublisherUCL Press
Publisher URL…blic-archaeology
Place of publicationLondon