Inclusive archaeology: 'Forgotten Groups' that empower themselves through outreach activities

Juan Francisco Gibaja*, Millán Mozota, Clara Masriera-Esquerra, Ariadna Nieto-Espinet, Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas, Santiago Higuera, Vanessa Guzmán, Araceli González-Vázquez, Xavier Oms, Miriam Cubas, Olga Palma, Gerard Remolins

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We present our experiences with a series of 'forgotten groups' that empower themselves through outreach activities. The authors coordinate or advise different activities, but the protagonists and promoters are those people, the 'forgotten groups'. This work includes a description of objectives, methods and practices when coordinating inclusive outreach programmes and three case studies: puppet shows designed and performed by senior citizens and Roma women, prehistoric pottery workshops with senior citizens and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients, and prehistoric cookery explained and performed by young newcomers. In most cases, these activities obtained a relevant success promoting inclusive dissemination, empowering the participants and achieving the transmission of concepts about archaeology and prehistory. They also helped us to understand that we need to open significant communication channels with such 'forgotten groups', to discover which their ongoing interests are. Finally, we highlight the importance of feedback and assessment for the success of these activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating Participatory Dialogue in Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Interpretation
Subtitle of host publicationMultinational Perspectives
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030819576
ISBN (Print)9783030819569
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2022


  • Archaeology
  • Barcelona
  • Forgotten groups
  • Inclusiveness
  • Scientific outreach
  • Spain


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