Engaging morning at the MAN at Arqueonet2016

Yesterday I had the pleasure to join the first edition of this congress. Key players from the archaeology world in Spain were present and all looking to discuss solutions to tackle the barrier that is bringing content and information to a larger audience via diffusion online.  

It was great to be in a room with like-minded individuals who are passionate about conservation, diffusion of knowledge and protection of culture and heritage. There were varying opinions across the board on execution, needs for objectives and the long term implications (both positive and negative).

After hearing opinions from those in the field, museum professionals and professors here in Spain, I feel they really need to take that leap (maybe even a leap of faith in their case) and start to open up to possibilities outside traditional academia. 

I truly hope to have a chance to speak more with these professionals and see what kind of disruption we can bring to the humanities world. I know all of you would have loved to be in this conference hearing about new and exciting ways to bring history to the world. 

Thank you to Arqueonet2016 and to the Museo Arqueológico Nacional  for putting this on. I look forward to future initiatives. 

Entrance to MAN

 Registration materials  

Registration materials  

 Opening remarks  

Opening remarks  

Raúl Diez from the MAN discussing how to bridge archaeology with pop culture to engage a wider audience  

 Manel Miro discussing the importance of not fearing change and embracing the easy fusion between heritage and technology  

Manel Miro discussing the importance of not fearing change and embracing the easy fusion between heritage and technology  

 Round table discussion looking at the bridge between social media and diffusion of culture and heritage  

Round table discussion looking at the bridge between social media and diffusion of culture and heritage  

Here are some of my favorite takeaways and quotes from this roundtable discussion (Translated from Spanish):

"We need to branch out and create multidisciplinary teams with academics, marketing professionals and communication professionals to circulate information"

"We have to communicate the information and do it well. Sometimes it will be trial and error but we have to do it"

"We cannot hide in our rooms and talk to our friends and colleagues only. We have to share and publish everything we do to get that information out there. There is no thinking about it, just do it"