It’s been over 6 months since my last update on the proceedings of the 2nd University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference from April 2017: Archaeo-Engage.

With the first student proceedings reaching publication in January 2019 – The Public Archaeology of Death I’m pleased to announce that the second book project is slowly but surely heading towards the final stages of preparation for publication. We have commissioned a range of additional chapters from academics, heritage professionals and students to join a selection of the student works presented at the conference. The book’s title and focus has shifted to, considering public archaeology as ‘arts of engagement’, exploring this theme in relation to strategies and techniques of public engagement, as well as digital and visual media, and art/archaeology interactions.

Only a few more loose ends need tying up and then a full copy-edit and typesetting will take place. Once this is done, the book will be published open access online and print-on-demand with the Access Archaeology series of Archaeopress later this year.

With the proviso that there might be changes of title and running order, plus there is one potential additional chapter still out with referees, here is the content of the book, now called Public Archaeology: Arts of Engagement. 

Public Archaeology: Arts of Engagement

Edited by

Howard Williams, Caroline Pudney and Afnan Ezzeldin



Sara Perry


Introduction: Public Archaeologies as Arts of Engagement

Howard Williams


From Archaeo-Engage to Arts of Engagement: Conference to Publication

Howard Williams, with Rachel Alexander, Robyn Bursnell, Jack Cave, Aaron Clarke, Afnan Ezzeldin, Jonathan Felgate, Bryony Fisher, Bethany Humphries, Shaun Parry, Hannah Proctor, Mona Rajput, Calum Richardson and Becky Swift


Public Engagement: Strategies and Debates

The Benefits of Archaeology

Shaun Parry


Dig Society: Funding Models and Sustainability in Community Archaeology

Matt Beresford


Engage thy Neighbour: Perspectives in Community Archaeology

Beth Humphries


An Archaeology of Life on the Streets

Bryony Fisher


Dialogues with Early Medieval ‘Warriors’

Howard Williams and Rachel Alexander


Public Engagement at Bryn Celli Ddu: Strategies for Sharing Prehistory

Sanaa Hijazi, Courtney Mainprize, Maranda Wareham, Sian Bramble and Seren Griffiths


Evaluating Community Archaeology

Emma Stringfellow


Intrumentalised Public Archaeology: Cease and Desist?

Caroline Pudney


Digital and Visual Media in Public Archaeology

Archaeodeath: Blogging as Digital Public Mortuary Archaeology

Howard Williams


Comics, Creativity and Community: Using Graphic Narrative in Public Engagement

John G. Swogger


Vox Archaeo: Podcasting the Past

Tristan Boyle


The Art of Balancing Intrigue and Integrity: The Risks and Rewards of Public Archaeology

Marc Barkman-Astles


Being Shaped by Engagement (A Photo Essay on Academic Video Blogging)

Chloë Duckworth


Archaeogaming as Public Archaeology

Afnan Ezzeldin


Art as Public Archaeology


Playful Encounters: Engaging Children in Public Archaeology

Aaron Clarke


Reaching Communities through the Stories on the Walls: Graffiti Surveys, Participation and Public Engagement

Ellen McInnes


Visualising Heritage Complexity: Comic Books, Prehistoric Rock-Art and the Cochno Stone

Kenneth Brophy and Hannah Sackett


Dig! Arts Access Project: Finding Inspiration in the Park

Melanie Giles and Karina Croucher




Seren Griffiths