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A New Occasional Newsletter About Public Archaeology

has just been launched – public archaeology notes.

Notes are a collaborative effort by a consortium of individuals representing a variety of interested groups: the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the SAA’s Public Education Committee (PEC), the PEC’s Network of State Coordinators, the SAA’s Public Archaeology Interest Group (PAIG), the American Institute of Archaeology (AIA), and others.

Scroll down this first issue, and under spotlight: videos, you’ll see a shout out about Kentucky’s Adena video on the archaeology channel… how about that?

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Making Archaeology Public Project Six states including Kentucky posted

The MAP Project steering committee is delighted to announce that the Making Archaeology Public website has launched, with the first six completed state videos  —  Georgia,  Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania — now available for viewing.  The URL for the site is  http://preservation50.org/mapp/ Please check out the site and enjoy the videos created by your colleagues.  Also be sure to watch the brief introductory video on the website that explains the purpose and philosophy of MAPP.   We are looking forward to adding your videos to the site as soon as possible; we want to maximize visitor traffic by providing new material on a regular basis.

The folks at Preservation 50 will be promoting the site, as will other preservation partners including the ACHP and the major archaeological organizations.  But we hope that you all will help in the promotion effort as well.  We have a great nationwide network right here among the MAPP coordinators!  So please share the information about the MAP Project and the website link through archaeology listserves, avocational society newsletters,  social media such as Facebook, and anything else that occurs to you.  All of the videos on the site can be downloaded and used for any educational, outreach, or other noncommercial purpose.

Kentucky Making Archaeology Public Project Video

Here is the Kentucky video for the Making Archaeology Public Project (MAPP). The project is a cooperative, grassroots effort on the part of professional archaeologists to produce a series of short, engaging videos to showcase for the public some of the fascinating and exciting things that we have learned about life in the past as a result of archaeological work mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act.

The Possible Closing of Illinois State Museums and their Facilities

The Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology (IAAA) would like to provide you with the following information. The future of the Illinois State Museum has been put in a precarious position due to the dispute over the state’s budget. The Governor has stated that, should there be a failure to put a balanced budget in place by July 1, the museums in Springfield and… other locations (including Dickson Mounds, Lockport etc.) would be closed. News reports discussing this topic are here:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/656741/rauner-orders-cuts

http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150610/NEWS/150619927

If you wish to voice your opinion on this issue, one option would be the petition provided here. A link to this petition will also be available soon on the ECIAS Facebook page.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/governor-rauner-dont

https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-Central-Illinois-Archaeological-Society/1421250221465043?fref=nf

This petition is provided by MoveOn.org, a public policy advocacy group and political action committee, described here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoveOn.org

Other options for expressing your opinion would be to write or communicate directly with key state officials, including the Governor, your state senator, and/or your state representative. We encourage you to express your own views through the channels you deem most appropriate. Thank you for your consideration of this subject. If you have any questions, please email ECIAS President Fred Christensen at [email protected] or Secretary Holly Labisky at [email protected].