Mediated Messages: Archaeology Communication and Digital Technology (2010-2015)

This project investigates philosophical and ethical questions raised by using digital communication technology in archaeology and cultural heritage practice (e.g. Colley 2013 2015). In 2011 Colley interviewed thirty Australian-based archaeologists and cultural heritage professionals about their use of digital technology and their communication with professional peers; television radio and newspaper journalists; public relations and online media practitioners; public and government organisations; businesses; and members of the wider public including Indigenous community members and traditional owners. The research provides insights into e.g. remediation political economy technology design representation authenticity and digital literacy. Changing communication technologies impact on peoples’ understanding of and reactions to physical remains of the human past in ways that have broader social political and economic implications.

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