This is what the next assignment on my archaeology on-line course entails:
Create your own People, Places, Things screencast or podcast! For inspiration, in addition to the examples you will find throughout this course, you might want to listen to some of the British Museum’s ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ radio programs or the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘82nd & Fifth’ series.
- Script and deliver a five-minute talk, with images or illustrations, about an archaeological person, place, or thing. This can be a local site or monument, something in a local museum, or just anything that interests you.
- Assume that your audience is smart and interested, but without specialist knowledge of the subject.
- Make sure you explain the significance of the object and why people should be interested in it.
Your screencast or podcast should be no longer than five minutes (and must be at least approximately four minutes long).
This sounds quite daunting… but interesting. I’d like to choose somewhere local to me, so maybe I should go up on the hill and talk about St Nicholas church which is ruined… or maybe go over the back of the hill and talk about the ancient field systems… or down to the wharf and talk about trade from Roman times (if not before)… but would I be er-ing and umm-ing… and how would I edit it when it’s so embarrassing to listen speaking or worse still to see yourself on film?!!