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Connecting Campus to Archaeology: Using Digital Social Media for Community Outreach and Engagement

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This poster was created by Terry Brock and Lynne Goldstein for the Society for Historical Archaeology annual conference in 2010.

This poster was created by Terry Brock and Lynne Goldstein for the Society for Historical Archaeology annual conference in 2010.

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  • 1. Connecting the Campus to Campus Archaeology Using Digital Social Media for Community Outreach and Engagement Terry P. Brock & Lynne Goldstein Archaeology Michigan State University Community The Campus Archaeology Program  Digital social media use internet technologies to develop social  CAP interacts with a number of  (CAP) mi6gates and protects  dialogue among individuals and communi6es. As noted by  communi6es on various scales:  archaeological resources on Michigan  Wikipedia, it supports the democra6za6on of knowledge and  students, faculty, staff, alumni,  State University’s (MSU) campus while  informa6on, transforming people from content consumers to  administra6on, other departments/ working with mul6ple departments to  content producers. CAP uses digital social media as tools to link  units, contractors, local ci6zens,  be good stewards of the cultural  archaeology and communi6es in its missions of engagement  governments, other archaeologists, &  heritage of MSU & East Lansing.  schoolchildren. and stewardship. We consider engagement to be a  Real‐&me engagement Each community has a stake in MSU’s  significant part of our mission. By  stewardship, but they are seldom given  We use TwiQer, Facebook, & Flickr to share informa6on from  engagement we mean the  an opportunity to par6cipate directly,  the field, archives, lab, and office in real 6me. We can show  incorpora6on and educa6on of various  con6nuously, & at all levels. CAP’s  communi6es in all aspects of our  each step of the archaeological process from beginning an  methods of engagement must be  research, the discovery of MSU’s past,  excava6on to finishing the report. This allows the community to  accessible, two‐way, transparent,  and how good stewardship can be  be engaged in the process of discovery. They make the  mul6‐media, and in real‐6me. accomplished. discoveries with us. New communi&es Digital social media allow us to connect with anyone in the  world who has access to a computer or a phone. This means  that we can engage communi6es that are not able to visit in  person, including those in their offices, alumni in other states or  countries, other archaeologists, the President of the University,  and the physical plant staff who are busy elsewhere on campus. Two‐way discussion Digital social media provide the opportunity for our new  communi6es to ask us ques6ons in real 6me about every step  of the research process. In turn, we can provide informa6on &  begin a conversa6on about the past. www.msu.edu twitter.com/capmsu facebook.com/capmsu flickr.com/capmsu campusarch.msu.edu