"Moving Public Outreach and Archaeological Education… FORWARD"
Archaeological education and public outreach has roots dating back to the 1950s, but it didn’t become fully established until sometime after the passage of historic preservation laws in the 1960s and 1970s. The late 1980s saw the coming together of individuals, organizations, and agencies, and 1990s ushered in the creation of formal national public outreach programs and the realization that archaeological education was an actual career path. 30 years after the acceptance that outreach should be an ethical part of archaeology, practitioners wonder why it hasn’t become fully embedded within the profession. Why aren’t there standards? And, why do people continue to recreate the wheel? It’s 2021, how do we actualize the plans of the past 30 years and take things forward into the next 30?
Ms. Carol J. Ellick is an applied anthropologist specializing in public outreach and education. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from The Evergreen State College (1981) and a M.A. in education, with a specialization in curriculum and instruction, from Chapman University (1992). Ms. Ellick is considered one of the leading experts in archaeological education and the development of public programs in the United States. She has created educational materials for third through twelfth grades, taught teachers’ workshops in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, designed award-winning museum-quality displays, and worked within the professional archaeological community on the development of public outreach efforts. Her products and programs reflect the multiple voices of culture and cultural understanding by including scientific, archaeological, anthropological, and traditional cultural knowledge.