Being conceptually born as a project with the Day of Archaeology 2014, for Archeostorie today is sort of a milestone, when we check our progress and correct our faults. So, what has happened in the past 12 months, since we last narrated our adventure?
Oh man, it has been a hell of a journey!
While touring Italy to present our book “Archeostorie: unconventional handbook of real-life archaeology”, we were hosted by a countless number of amazing, creative, innovative and young archaeological teams all over the country.
Regardless of the obstacles and difficulties they had to face every day (we are still in Italy after all!), all and each of these projects radiated an overwhelming and contagious energy. And they were all moved by the same mission: making archaeology more accessible to everyone.
We realized that public archaeology as a discipline was growing both as a field of study and as a practice, but the Italian interpretation of the subject is still heavily under-investigated and unknown to the wider public.
Ibn Battuta, Moroccan traveler and scholar of the 14th century, used to say that: “traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Exactly like Ibn Battuta, we felt the need to spread awareness of all these amazing projects and at the same time encourage academic debate on public archaeology in Italy.
We decided to create a space where this shared mission could be articulated in a more organized manner. We found our space online, more precisely in two brand new websites: ARCHEOSTORIE Magazine and ARCHEOSTORIE Journal of Public Archaeology.
The Magazine – in Italian – is the place where we tell stories of interesting projects and events all over the country, we reflect on rising issues and report news. Moreover, since we believe that our past can be best communicated through creative stories, we collect our favorite original stories in the section Archeotales, and review other authors’ efforts in Archeoreview.
The Magazine was launched last November and grew very fast, both in terms of articles published and public reception: it is no exaggeration to say that, by now, it has become a most authoritative voice in Italy on archaeology and cultural heritage issues at large.
The Journal, instead, is the open access peer-reviewed scientific journal -in English – that provides Italy with an arena to discuss issues such as the management and communication of archaeological heritage and, more widely, the role of archaeology into contemporary society. With our first issue – coming out in November 2016 – we will produce insightful analyses on significant initiatives aimed at involving the public in archaeological and heritage issues, and bridging the gap between our past and modernity.
Our topic of the year is “Small but Kind of Mighty”. We believe that projects that work, and have enormous impact on the community they act in or society at large, “start small”, but are conceived by people who “think big”. Then they may choose either to stay small or to grow, but in both cases they can prove influential and powerful. Therefore we looked for papers concerning good small Public Archaeology projects whose powerful impact on society would be clearly measured, analysed and described, and we got a terrific response!
We are currently working hard in order to produce an amazing first issue that will hopefully become a milestone for Public Archaeology studies in Italy.
However, don’t forget to have a look at our Journal’s updates: you’ll find intriguing interviews to members of our Advisory Board, and there is much more to come in the following months. Stay tuned!
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