Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Communicating Archaeology - A forum for professionals and the public

May, 2011 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 29 of 37 in the Issue 10

Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland and the NRA
Harbour Hotel, Galway, 16 June 2011

This event will focus on the communication and consumption of archaeological information by professionals and the public.

What works?  What does not?  What needs support? What new media are available and how do they compare with the old?

Keynote speakers will set the scene with discussion points but most of the time will be for all who attend to air views and share experiences.


11 am – 12 noon

Regulation and resources

Keynote speaker:  Jerry O’Sullivan, NRA Archaeologist
What is the role of the regulatory authorities? Is the education system producing competent
communicators?  Who pays for information and where is it all stored?

12 noon – 1 pm

Printed publications

Keynote speaker: Dr Michael Potterton, Four Courts Press
Is the Age of the Book at an end? Who writes and produces archaeological books and
periodicals? Who buys them and how do they use them? What should we put in them?

1 pm – 2.15 pm


2.15 pm – 3.15 pm

Other media and new media

Keynote speaker: John Tierney, Eachtra Archaeological Projects
What is the value of exhibitions, posters, websites and events?  Are thoughtful argument and
a permanent record sacrificed in the pursuit of mass communications and high impact media?

3.15 pm – 4.30 pm

Archaeology in the news

Keynote speaker: Peigín Doyle, freelance journalist and archaeological author
Is archaeology a conflict story? Is good news ever reported? Is two minutes on the evening
news worth 2000 printed pages?  What is the secret to ‘selling’ a story?

The day will conclude with the launch of NRA scheme monograph 7:
In the Lowlands of South Galway by Finn Delaney and John Tierney.


Attendance is free but places are limited. Booking is strongly advised.
Register in advance to reserve a place  by  post,  phone or e-mail.

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