Communicating Archaeology

Module Code: ARC00053I

Module leader: Colleen Morgan




This module will provide students with the skills they need to communicate archaeological research to a variety of audiences. Each skills-based lecture will introduce the students to a critical aspect of communicating archaeology. These lectures will be accompanied by a hands-on practical session where the students create media based on archaeological research. The emphasis in this module is understanding archaeological media through a process of critical making, an iterative design procedure that “connects critical thinking, typically understood as conceptually and linguistically based, and physical making, goal-based material work” (Ratto 2011). 


Communicating Archaeology will provide second year students with the elements of research skills dedicated to communicating archaeology to both general and specialist audiences. This includes using images, making maps, taking photographs, writing an abstract, social media items and press releases.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the use of images to effectively communicate archaeological concepts
  • Use social media to disseminate archaeological concepts
  • Create basic maps
  • Assess various audiences for archaeological communication
  • Use digital media to communicate archaeology


The skill to meaningfully communicate with a variety of audiences is critical for nearly every manner of employment. You will engage with practical, hands-on skills for engagement. The ‘transferable skills’ which you will gain from this module will be useful to highlight on your CV and in job interviews, and they will serve you well in the workplace, regardless of your eventual career. They include:

  • Digital Media Creation: We employ hands-on practical skills in media creation including photography, videography, illustration, and other digital media creation.
  • Communication: We show how to write concisely, express ideas and engage with a variety of audiences including academics, politicians, professionals, and the general public.
  • Creativity and innovation: We encourage students to engage with media in new and interesting ways to promote original interpretations of research.