An Archaeology of/for the Disenfranchised
- Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies
- Penn State University Press
- Volume 5, Numbers 3-4, 2017
- pp. 271-286
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International debates and practices of current public archaeologies have reached the heritage sector in Greece, albeit with some delay. These are especially (but not exclusively) focused on young learner involvement, local community education and politicized relics. Public archaeology practitioners showcase much enthusiasm, imagination, and perseverance. However, the Greek archaeological establishment cannot be called ‘inclusive.’ In this article, I explore the systemic limitations to public archaeology in Greece, identify the audiences disenfranchised by current approaches, and discuss the means and reasons why this is happening. Finally, I propose solutions and suggest that Greek archaeology has significant potential to become a prime example of inclusive public engagement.