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There are several key ‘interfaces’ or channels through which archaeological information gets from specialists to the public. These include museums, traditional media (television, radio, newspapers), schools, popular books - (fiction and non-fiction), artistic work (performances, fine arts), direct outreach (public lectures, site tours, experimental archaeology), archaeological/historical societies and specifically web-based dissemination.
It will be crucial to investigate the relative strengths and weaknesses of these interfaces in terms of audience size, penetration, engagement and overall effectiveness as tools for presenting the Mesolithic.

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It is important to gain a detailed understanding of how various aspects of the past can be presented by spending time at YAT’s visitor attractions. By comparing these to other interfaces in Britain and Europe one can build an understanding of how these might translate to the Mesolithic period. Different types of activity will be planned and implemented for Star Carr including one-off events (public lectures, site tours, experimental archaeology, performances), engaging traditional media, using web-based dissemination.

Which aspects of the Mesolithic are best suited to various public audiences?

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