Community Involvement in Archaeology: Benefits, Obstacles, and Potential

By Sydney James

This past June and July, I was lucky enough to attend the Koobi Fora Field School (KFFS), a paleoanthropological, research-intensive field school run by George Washington University and National Museums of Kenya. Our work took place in northern Kenya, on the eastern shore of Lake Turkana. While we moved camp numerous times over the course of our 6-week stay, one of the most fascinating was in Ileret, a town on the shore of Lake Turkana named after the nearby river. Continue reading “Community Involvement in Archaeology: Benefits, Obstacles, and Potential”

Graffiti: Historic Art Form or Vandalism?

By Autumn McNutt

Graffiti is represented in the form of writings and drawings that are usually displayed on public walls and surfaces. Graffiti is created with art tools such as paint, spray paint, pens, chalk, or even debris for a more eclectic approach to art. The history of graffiti is very fascinating and tricky in its explanation. Continue reading “Graffiti: Historic Art Form or Vandalism?”

The Fight for Accurate History in the Classroom

By Jessica Bradwell

My mother has been a special education teacher for students who are emotional disabled in South Carolina for almost 20 year now, a career she has always been very passionate about. Her aim is not only to uplift and encourage her students to learn, but also make sure the education they are receiving is accurate and honest. This is especially hard to do in South Carolina, which has always seemed to rank almost dead last in education in the country every single year. Continue reading “The Fight for Accurate History in the Classroom”

Just for Kids? In Defense of Science Museums

By Joseph Breault

Do me a favor; I want you to take a minute to think about a science museum.  Unless you’re a parent, you probably haven’t been to one since you were a kid yourself.  What do you remember about them?  The interactive displays?  All the flashy exhibit pieces drawing your attention all over the building?  If you were to stop into one again today, you’d probably find it exactly as you remember; including full of children. Continue reading “Just for Kids? In Defense of Science Museums”

Video Games as Public History

By Sean Butler

It has recently been through modern movies, television, art, music and the Internet that has lead society to create an expanding narrative for telling history and that is through video games. Video games have over the years become so ingrained in society that journalist Martha Irvine wrote in 2008, “in a survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project ninety-seven percent of young respondents play video games.”[1] Continue reading “Video Games as Public History”

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