Engaging with the past in Turkey: An action research

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2022-3
Sarıoğlu, Senem
How we engage with the past is deeply related to our understanding of the self and the world. Thus, people’s engagement with archaeological narratives is needed to be understood better. This study aims to explore how we can create more engaging archaeological narratives and how different archaeological narratives influence people’s perceptions of time and identity. This study used action research as the methodology because of the need for experimenting with different archaeological narratives. The site chosen for the construction of archaeological narratives was an Early Bronze Age settlement in Anatolia. The action research was comprised of two cycles. In the first cycle, two narratives were constructed focusing on material culture and everyday life. In the second cycle, another narrative focused on the agency of the past people was constructed based on feedback conducted in the first cycle. Data were collected from twenty-four participants through questionnaires and oral interviews with open-ended questions. Inductive thematic analysis was employed to analyze the data collected. The findings of the study have shown that the use of visuals and language, and textual information in the narratives were critical in people’s engagement with the past. However, the most influential element was the substance of the information given in the narratives. Although different archaeological narratives influenced people’s perceptions of time and identity in different ways, findings related to the issues were limited. This study is significant for providing implications about encouraging engagement with the past in diverse contexts and understanding the relationship between archaeology and the public.

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S. Sarıoğlu, “Engaging with the past in Turkey: An action research,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.