General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Archaeological Heritage Sites – Dissemination, Popularisation And Making Them Public
Language English
Module lecturer Michał Pawleta
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Archeology
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 05-WA-10


Module aim (aims)

This course aims to present issues concerning dissemination of archaeological heritage. It will discuss methods of education and popularization of archaeological heritage, especially in present-day Poland, on the broader European background. The course intends to introduce students to mutual relationship between archaeology and archaeological heritage, in the context of either more theoretical issues as well as practical implementations and initiatives in this respect. Themes that will be addressed during this course will relate to different forms of presentation of archaeological sites, archaeological monuments, historical sites and landscapes to the public. It will cover such aspects as: museum exhibitions and education in archaeological museums, archaeological open-air museums, archaeological festivals, historical re-enactment movement and public archaeology. Archaeological tourism and mutual relationship between tourism and archaeology, including examples of touristic uses of archaeological heritage in Poland and in Europe will be also discussed as well as aspects of commercialisation of archaeology and archaeological heritage. During the course students: (a) will gain the knowledge about different forms and strategies of presentation of archaeological heritage to the public and differences between them; (b) will gain the skills necessary to properly evaluate archaeological initiatives in context of dissemination of knowledge about the past; (c) will gain the understanding of the needs, challenges, potentials as well as dangers and shortcomings of dissemination of archaeological heritage.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



Week 1. Introduction.

Week 2. Archaeological heritage interpretation: a theoretical framework.

Week 3. Archaeological museums.

Week 4. Archaeological open-air museums.

Week 5. Archaeological festivals.

Week 6. Historical re-enactment.

Week 7. Archaeological tourism.

Week 8. Public archaeology in Poland.

Week 9. Commercialisation of archaeology and archaeological heritage.

Week 10. Excursion to archaeological Museum in Poznań.

Week 11. Excursion to the Museum of the First Piasts at Lednica.

Week 12. Projects preparation.

Week 13. Projects presentation pt. 1.

Week 14. Projects presentation pt. 2.

Week 15. Discussion.

Reading list

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Blockley M. 2000. The social context for archaeological reconstructions in England, Germany and Scandinavia. Archaeologia Polona 38, 43-68. Available at:
Brzeziński W. 2001a. Archaeology in the museum. Presenting the past to the general public. In Quo vadis archaeologia? Whither European archaeology in the 21st century?, Z. Kobyliński (ed.), Warszawa, 181-190.
Carbonell B.M. 2007. (ed.), Museum studies, Oxford.
Chowaniec, R. 2017. Archaeology for everyone. Presenting archaeological heritage to the public in Poland. Warszawa.
Chowaniec R., Więckowski W. 2012. (eds.), Archaeological heritage: methods of education and popularization. Oxford.
Hein G.E. 2004. Learning in the museum. London, New York.
Nowacki M. 2012. Heritage interpretation. Poznań.
Paardekooper R. 2009. Archaeological open air museums as time travel centres. Lund Archaeological Review 15, 61-69.
Paardekooper R. 2012. The value of an archaeological open-air museum is in its use. Understanding archaeological open-air museums and their visitors. Leiden.
Paardekooper R. 2014. The history and development of archaeological open-air museums in Europe. In Experiments past. Histories of experimental archaeology, J. Reeves Flores, R. Paardekooper (eds.), Leiden, 147-166. Available at:
Pawleta M. 2010. Encounters with the past: The significance of archaeological festivals in contemporary Poland. In Communicate the past - Ways to present archaeology to the public, A. Arnberg, T. Stjärna (eds.), Väster?s, 57-76. Available at:
Pawleta M. 2011. “The past industry”: selected aspects of the commercialisation of the past and products of archaeological knowledge in contemporary Poland, Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 63, 9-54. Available at:
Pawleta M. 2018. Historical re-enactment as a new form of contemporary people’s relation to the past. Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 70, 147-167. Available at.
Swain H. 2007. An introduction to museum archaeology. Cambridge.
Walker C., Carr N. 2013. (eds.), Tourism and archaeology. Sustainable meeting grounds. Walnut Creek, CA.