Tourism: bloggers make archeology more 'social'

From Paestum, ideas on how to promote archeology sites

15 November, 10:01

    (ANSAmed) - Paestum (Salerno), November 15 - Italian archeology bloggers on Friday met to debate the role of blogging in their chosen field. ''Cultural assets belong to everyone, and the Web is the right place for the public at large to find out about how they are being managed'', said Cinzia Dal Maso, author of the blog Filelleni (Philohellenes). Bloggers, she said, can have a role in better promoting Italian archeological sites. ''We are interested in creating a community of people who love archeology and who feel they have something to say about it. This could help boost government platforms too'', she said.

    Bloggers' independence also means the authors are free to write critically, explained (Pastandfuture) author Giuliano De Felice.

    ''I write about my daily experiences as a university researcher'', he said. ''I try to give readers a feeling for the difference between academia and working in the field''.

    Bloggers can also generate new ideas for museum innovation: video blogger Francesco Ripanti, for example, documents digs as they happen, interviewing archeologists in the field.

    ''It would be nice to have a screen right next to the objects on exhibit, with the archeologist explaining how he or she unearthed them'', Ripanti said.

    Some bloggers, like Marina Lo Blundo, got hired to write content for the Venice Archeological Museum and the Tuscany Culture Superintendency sites.

    ''We are still at the dawn of experimentation in Italy, but museums are becoming more and more linked to social platforms'', she explained.

    Some blogs are also a terrain for protest in this underpaid field. ''One of my interview subjects, who has on-site work experience in Turkey and Greece, chose the nick 'unfreearcheology', said Le Parole In Archeologia (Words in Archeology) author Alessandro D'Amore.

    ''He's tired of working for free''. (ANSAmed).

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