At CultureLabel’s REMIX LONDON summit in 2012, Steve Crossan, the Director of the Google Cultural Institute, opened the conference by saying that for him, the most exciting thing about culture were the stories of our shared past.
When we heard this at the time, it really struck a chord. If collective stories are what underpins the production of artistic and cultural content, then archaeologists must be the very first step on this path. Wrestled from the earth through the appliance of science, our hard won knowledge is the origin point of the cultural process. And yet the majority of arts and culture people we speak to tend to see archaeology as something separate and apart from what they do, rather than seeing how our discipline feeds directly into theirs.
This week our ever-smiling Projects Director was interviewed in the Culture pages of The Guardian, taking the opportunity to explain the purpose of archaeology (via DNA analysis, 3D landscape modelling with Drones, and how the adventure of digging shouldn’t just be the preserve of experts).
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