Lecture: Public Archaeology

Special Guest Lecture

  • Topic: Archaeology, Citizen Science, and Community Engagement
  • Speaker: Dr. Carole Nash – James Madison University
  • Date & Time: Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 pm
  • Location: Dairy Barn Lecture Hall / Frontier Culture Museum
  • Fee: Admission is FREE to the public

Public Archaeology refers to those aspects of the broad field of archaeology that relate to the public interest. Public archaeologists investigate the outcomes of the various innovative ways we can engage the public in archaeological research, both within archaeology and in terms of public awareness.

There are different areas of specialization within public archaeological practice, such as heritage education, cultural resource management (CRM), interpretation, museum studies, descendant collaboration, ethics, and cultural tourism, among others. There are also different research objectives including educational archaeology, archaeology activism, community archaeology, civically-engaged archaeology, and the archaeology of social justice.

Dr. Carole L. Nash is an Associate Professor, School of Integrated Sciences, and Technology, and the Director, Shenandoah National Park Environmental Archaeology Program at JMU.

She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the Catholic University of America. Her MA is in Applied Philosophy from  Bowling Green State University, and her B.S. with Honors is from James Madison University.

Dr. Nash has written over 100 technical research reports and serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of Virginia Archaeologist where she is its Treasurer and chair of the Professional Archaeologist Certification Committee.

As a professional archaeologist and educator, Dr. Nash has organized, managed, and participated as a presenter in many conferences for professionals in the Tri-state area.