Edit: You can read my paper at https://www.academia.edu/6890307/Archaeological_Blogging_and_Engagement
Today is an important day for the archaeological blogosphere. We have all come together, under the guidance and stalwart editorial skills of Doug Rocks-Macqueen and Chris Webster, to produce the first ever collaborative e-book about archaeological blogging. The aptly titled Blogging Archaeology was published this morning and can be freely downloaded here. You can also read it like an online magazine by following this link.
My own contribution, called ‘Archaeological Blogging and Engagement’, builds upon a previous post about how blogs are an important way to engage ordinary people with the past. It argues that blogging is an incredibly powerful means in which to spread knowledge of the past and should be seen as a complement to the traditional methods of scholarly publication. It is the first paper in the volume and can be found on pages 9-19. The abstract is reproduced below:
This paper discusses archaeological blogging in terms of its ability to engage a wider audience with the past. Beyond the obvious benefits to students of archaeology, it is argued that blogging represents an important means in which to disseminate knowledge, analysis and interpretation of the past in a widely-accessible and concise format. As ‘public engagement’ and ‘impact’ become increasingly more important to universities and funding bodies, blogging can allow passionate and knowledgeable people to present the past in novel and interesting ways. In addition to this, it is posited that blogging can actually complement the traditional outlets of scholarly publication. In order to service wider audiences, and to affect greater interest in the discipline, it is concluded that blogging represents a valuable form of archaeological dialogue which should be supported and encouraged wherever possible.