The cool part is that:
East Carolina Univeristy Program in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology graduate Fall field school will be an investigation of vernacular watercraft near Washington, North Carolina. As part of their training in public out reach each student will contribute to this online journal.
This is the kind of thing we need more of…
Added Later: Since Mr. Knoerl was nice enough to leave a comment, let me go into a little more detail. This is from their website:
The online Museum of Underwater Archaeology (MUA) is a non profit organization incorporated in 2004. Its mission is to assist and promote the use of the Internet by ethical professional, student, and avocational underwater archaeologists. In support of that goal the MUA helps underwater archaeologists present their research to the general public by creating web based museum style exhibits as well as announce their latest projects. The MUA will also propose and work toward creating new online resources for research and sponsor a blog to share ideas.
I wonder if the people at Texas A & M know about it?
Leaving that aside, this strikes me as a great way to train anthropologists. The ability of anthropologists, and scientists in general, to convey their research to the public is vitally important. Perhaps if we started the process earlier in their education communicating with the public might become second nature – or at least part of the research process.
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