Underwater Archaeology Paper

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ebsites, nps.gov and culture.gouv.fr, from an informative, ethic, and aesthetic standpoint. ison and Critique y rchaeology Dr. Sharyn Jones Shelby Smith
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Within anthropology there are four subfields –physical anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology- and the most misunderstood is definitely that of archaeology (Dr. Jones). Unlike the other three sub disciplines, because the word “anthropology” is not attached in the title, there is often confusion on what exactly an archaeologist studies. Archaeology is not the study of dinosaurs as many in the public have come to view it (that is actually the study of paleontology) (Dr. Jones). Archaeology, however, is actually the study of human cultures and societies of the past using material remains (Dr. Jones). This definition gives us a clear idea of what archaeology as a whole is, but there is still much debate among the public on what archaeology actually is. With this in mind, many organizations have created media campaigns to try and educate people about archaeology and its importance in today’s world. Most of these sites are about specific areas in archaeology or about the excavation of a particular site. In order to receive public funding, archaeologists must show why their research is important, and one of the best ways to gain public backing is by using the most intriguing (or “sexy”) form of archaeology that there is: underwater archaeology. Underwater archaeology is fascinating for many archaeological reasons because of the amazing preservation that water affords. For the public, however, there is always the mystique of possibly finding the lost city of Atlantis or something equally fascinating. Therefore, it is often difficult for scientists to get across the cold, hard facts of a potential or current site, but two organizations have done just that. The first site, nps.gov, is an American made website created by the National Parks service in partnership with the Southeast Archaeological Center. This site is one that displays facts about many American finds and also about what researchers through the National Parks Service are doing currently in this field. There is small mention about the beginnings of underwater archaeology, but nothing incredibly descriptive. The second site, culture.gouv.fr, is of French origins and also describes many underwater archaeology sites and the importance they hold. Unlike the first site, this one contains a very descriptive history of underwater archaeology. In my opinion, the French website is better than the American site because of the information present, the application of the eight archaeological principles, and also the aesthetic beauty displayed. Information presented on both websites is eerily similar in straight comparison of the intended audiences, reasons for creation, and information understandability, but the “devil lies in the details” about why the French website is better. From the very beginning, it is very evident that the intended audience for both websites is the general public. The homepage of both
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This note was uploaded on 06/08/2011 for the course ANTH 106 taught by Professor Dr.sharynjones during the Fall '10 term at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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