Type of Work

Research Paper - Limited Access

Publication Date



Opening archaeology to the public as a means to help advocate for equality allows communities to have a say in their past and use it as a tool to help the marginalized communities. However, in order to understand the best way to proceed with community-engaged archaeology, its best to look at other examples of how archeologists have approached the subject. In this paper, I examine how archaeology and narratives of the past have been employed in advocacy campaigns by both archaeologists and marginalized communities across the globe. I compare and contrast how archaeologists and activists have approached archaeology as an avenue to advocate for disadvantaged communities. This research provides the context in which I situate the Forging Identities: Past and Present, a community-engaged archaeology project in Bucium, Romania. By exploring the variability in public archaeology projects across the globe, our research project can can help spread awareness about social and economic issues in Romania, and possibly be used to help change some of these issues.

Hamilton Areas of Study


Hamilton Sponsoring Organization

Levitt Public Affairs Center

Hamilton Scholarship Series

Levitt Summer Research Fellowship

Hamilton Faculty Advisor

Colin Quinn