The diffusion of knowledge is a pivotal task in the modern world, especially for archaeologists that are working at the front line of heritage reconstruction. In the last years, projects of the so-called “public archaeology”, encouraging a more conscious dissemination practice, are multiplying. One effective way, particularly in times of social distancing and partial halt of activities on the ground, is using the Internet and the Social Networks. Many educational accounts are available on Facebook, while Twitter tends to be more indicated for those who prefer a deeper insight. In fact, many researchers share their views and research on the platform, including top-notch names such as C. Stringer, Natural History Museum in London, J-J. Hublin, Department of Human Evolution Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, or, giving an example that closely concerns us, G-C. Weniger, former director of the Neanderthal Museum and Professor of the University of Cologne. The CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe” has its own Twitter page since 2018, complementing the already existing website and the Facebook page. Through the account, it is sought to share publications, information about workshops and research stays/fieldwork activity and blog posts with the wider research network and the general public. For instance, the Loess and Archaeology workshop, held in Aachen last November, was live tweeted and reached thousands of Twitter users, instead of been confined to the few dozens in the conference room.
So, what are you waiting for? Join and follow us @SFB806_CRC806! This incoming last year of the CRC will provide a lot of news from us, since we are working at the conclusion of the project and we will be happy to keep you informed about Our Way to Europe!
Text: Jacopo Gennai
Jacopo Gennai is PhD candidate in the B1 project and is currently analysing and comparing lithic assemblages from the early Upper Palaeolithic contexts of Al-Ansab 1 (Jordan), Româneşti-Dumbrăviţa I (Romania) and Grotta di Fumane (Italy).