Inclusieve archeologie: modewoord of streekproduct?
Inclusive archaeology: Buzzword or regional product? In this article, I explore the meaning of the buzzword ‘inclusivity’ in the context of archaeology and argue for a more inclusive relationship between archaeology and the public. By reflecting on the demographics of the ‘archaeological’ public and the position of archaeology in society, I will further emphasize the necessity and value of a more inclusive and democratic approach to archaeology. Following this, I will reflect on some of the experiences and lessons learned in regard to inclusive archaeology in the province of Groningen. Drawing from case studies, I illustrate a regional tradition of ‘inclusive archaeology’ – the ‘Groningen model’ – that is characterized by its emphasis on participatory archaeology. Inclusive archaeology is thus, in the Groningen context, not a mere ‘buzzword’ but, in fact, a true ‘regional product.’