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Jericho in the Media

Sparks, R; (2019) Jericho in the Media. In: Sparks, R and Finlayson, B and Wagemakers, B and Briffa, JM, (eds.) Digging Up Jericho: Past, Present & Future. (pp. 21-38). Archaeopress: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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This paper will explore how public perceptions of excavations at Jericho have been created and shaped by a range of media outputs, from newspapers and magazines, to television broadcasting and the internet. These kinds of engagements between archaeologists, journalists, and the public create lasting impressions that characterise how we view Jericho and its history. Publicity can be a double-edged sword, raising interest and support, along with the burden of expectation. Since the early work by Sellin and Watzinger, excavations at Jericho have always had a high profile. This paper will investigate how the site has been presented, the role played by archaeologists in creating media impressions, and the type of themes explored and how these have changed over time, as our knowledge of the site and its history has grown. It will also consider how the tools available for visual representation of ancient Jericho have developed, and the impact of these changes on public perception. Whatever the reality about ancient Jericho, some audiences have become fixated on certain issues, which can override and undermine the stories archaeologists might like to tell about the site. In becoming iconic, Jericho has also become notorious as a site where different agendas clash, and controversy reigns. As such, it can become a useful lens for studying wider issues about the role of archaeology as an academic discipline versus archaeology as public entertainment.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Jericho in the Media
ISBN: 9781789693515
ISBN-13: 9781789693522
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Publ...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Jericho, BBC, Garstang, Johnstone, Joshua, Kenyon, Marston, Sellin, Spurgeon, Watzinger, bias, biblical archaeology, fundraising, journalism, media, publicity
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081915
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