Kon’nichiwa! Watashi wa Kokogaku-sha des. Sake wa doko des ka?
[Hello! I am an archaeologist. Where is the beer?]
Greetings from the 8th World Archaeology Congress, currently underway in beautiful Kyoto, Japan. I’m going to give a short presentation introducing the Off The Record research project this coming Friday – perhaps if you’re at WAC you might care to come listen? Or if you have friends or colleagues at WAC who might be interested, you could be so kind as to point them in my direction? Sadly 15 minutes is barely enough to scratch the surface of the topic, but hopefully this will help wet folks appetites for more discourse about archaeology in the media!
Time: 9:00 – 11:00
The spiel (abstract):
“Shooting Archaeologists. Off the Record: Archaeology and Documentary Filmmaking”
Who calls the shots in archaeology documentaries – and why? This paper investigates archaeology’s relationship with UK documentary filmmaking. Uniquely however, this relationship is considered from the angle of film production as seen from an archaeological perspective. The first stage of results from the ‘Off the Record: Archaeology and Documentary Filmmaking’ PhD research project will be presented, including up-to-date findings from a survey of UK archaeologists working in the documentary sector, reflecting on their experiences, values, concerns and hopes for the genre. This new evidence allows us to better determine archaeology’s place within the media, and documentary’s place within archaeology.
See you there!