Jul. 12th, 2015

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I've been contacted by Fleur Schinning, from the University of Leiden, where she's writing her MA dissertation on the use of blogs and social media and how they contribute to the accessibility of archaeology. She's asking the readers of several archaeology blogs - of which this is one - to fill in a questionnaire on why they're reading archaeology blogs etc. If that doesn't stir your heart enough (seriously: we like to help students and researchers here, ok!), you also have the chance to win six issues of Archaeology Magazine.


Public archaeology has been developing considerably in the Netherlands for the last couple of years, but much can still be improved concerning public outreach activities. This is why I have decided to focus my research on communication methods that are favourable in our current digital age and might make archaeology more accessible for a wider public.

For my research I will be looking at several blogs from both the UK and USA; in these countries blogging seems widely accepted and used a lot as a tool in creating support for archaeology, and I have come across some very interesting and successful blogs, of which your blog is one.

To be able to explore how blogging in archaeology contributes to public archaeology, I would like to question the bloggers and blog readers of these blogs. This is where my request comes in. I have set up a questionnaire in which I ask the visitors of your blog several questions regarding their motives for visiting the blog and so on.

The questionnaire can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/forms/z3BAUTyYUL. All participants also have a chance to win a small prize; 6 issues of Archaeology Magazine!

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