An Introduction To Museum Archaeology

Author : Hedley Swain
ISBN : 0521677963
Genre : Social Science
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An Introduction to Museum Archaeology provides a comprehensive survey and synthesis of all aspects of current museum practice in relation to the discipline of archaeology. Divided into four separate but related parts it begins with a discussion of what is meant by museums, archaeology and museum archaeology and a brief survey of its history, legal foundation and global geographic spread. This is an essential text for anyone studying museums, archaeology or cultural heritage and a reference for those working in these fields.
Category: Social Science

Human Development In Sacred Landscapes

Author : Lutz Käppel
ISBN : 9783847002529
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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“Holy Landscape” is a term frequently used to describe a multidimensional phenomenon. What this actually comprises is hard to define. Precisely this question is addressed in this volume. The “holy landscape” depends on people’s Weltanschauung and is influenced by their respective culture and ethos. It is not just a question of religious buildings and rituals, nor is a mere matter of explicating terms such as “pure” and “impure”, magic and myths; it is about an expressive space in which the “ceremony and mood of rites and cults” take place. The contributions also deal with the emergence and continuing development of the term “holy landscape” and the changing expressions of religious mood.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Oxford Handbook Of Public Archaeology

Author : Robin Skeates
ISBN : 9780199237821
Genre : Art
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Divided into four distinct sections and drawing across various disciplines, this volume seeks to reappraise the place of archaeology in the contemporary world by providing a series of essays that critically engage with both old and current debates in the field of public archaeology.
Category: Art

Archaeologists And The Dead

Author : Howard Williams
ISBN : 9780191067976
Genre : Social Science
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This volume addresses the relationship between archaeologists and the dead, through the many dimensions of their relationships: in the field (through practical and legal issues); in the lab (through their analysis and interpretation); and in their written, visual and exhibitionary practice - disseminated to a variety of academic and public audiences. Written from a variety of perspectives, its authors address the experience, effect, ethical considerations, and cultural politics of working with mortuary archaeology. Whilst some papers reflect institutional or organisational approaches, others are more personal in their view: creating exciting and frank insights into contemporary issues which have hitherto often remained 'unspoken' amongst the discipline. Reframing funerary archaeologists as 'death-workers' of a kind, the contributors reflect on their own experience to provide both guidance and inspiration to future practitioners, arguing strongly that we have a central role to play in engaging the public with themes of mortality and commemoration, through the lens of the past. Spurred by the recent debates in the UK, papers from Scandinavia, Austria, Italy, the US, and the mid-Atlantic, frame these issues within a much wider international context which highlights the importance of cultural and historical context in which this work takes place.
Category: Social Science

Key Concepts In Public Archaeology

Author : Gabriel Moshenska
ISBN : 9781911576419
Genre : Social Science
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This book provides a broad overview of the key concepts in public archaeology, a research field that examines the relationship between archaeology and the public, in both theoretical and practical terms. While based on the long-standing programme of undergraduate and graduate teaching in public archaeology at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, the book also takes into account the growth of scholarship from around the world and seeks to clarify what exactly ‘public archaeology’ is by promoting an inclusive, socially and politically engaged vision of the discipline. Written for students and practitioners, the individual chapters provide textbook-level introductions to the themes, theories and controversies that connect archaeology to wider society, from the trade in illicit antiquities to the use of digital media in public engagement, and point readers to the most relevant case studies and learning resources to aid their further study.
Category: Social Science

Heritage Communities And Archaeology

Author : Laurajane Smith
ISBN : 9781472521347
Genre : History
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This book traces the development of 'community archaeology', identifying both its advantages and disadvantages by describing how and why tensions have arisen between archaeological and community understandings of the past. The focus of this book is the conceptual disjunction between heritage and data and the problems this poses for both archaeologists and communities in communicating and engaging with each other. In order to explain the extent of the miscommunication that can occur, the authors examine the ways in which a range of community groups, including communities of expertise, define and negotiate memory and identity. Importantly, they explore the ways in which these expressions are used, or are taken up, in struggles over cultural recognition - and ultimately, the practical, ethical, political and theoretical implications this has for archaeologists engaging in community work. Finally, they argue that there are very real advantages for archaeological research, theory and practice to be gained from engaging with communities.
Category: History

The Cultural Moment In Tourism

Author : Laurajane Smith
ISBN : 9781136831539
Genre : Social Science
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This book is a response to the burgeoning interest in cultural tourism and the associated need for a coherently theorized approach for understanding the practices that such an interest creates. Cultural tourism has become an important and popular aspect of contemporary tourism studies, as well as providing a rich seam of upscale product development opportunities in the industry as a whole. Much of the related literature, however, focuses upon describing and categorizing cultural tourism from a supply-side perspective. This has prompted the taxonomizing of cultural tourists on the basis of their level of involvement and interest in cultural tourism products and/or their economic worth as a sought after market segment. There have been few recent attempts at a rigorous re-theorization of the issues beyond conventional representational theories; this book aims to fill that void. This groundbreaking volume provides a theoretical and empirical account of what it means to be a cultural or heritage tourist. It achieves this by exploring the interactions of people with places, spaces, intangible heritage and ways of life, not as linear alignments but as seductive ‘moments’ of encounter, engagement, performance and meaning-making, which are constitutive of cultural experience in its broadest sense. The book further explores encounters in cultural tourism as events that capture and constitute important social relations involving power and authority, self-consciousness and social position, gender and space, history and the present. It also explores the consequences these insights have for our understanding of culture and heritage and its management in the context of tourist activity. In capturing the ‘cultural moment’, this book provides a better understanding of the motivations, on-site activities, meaning constructions and other cultural work done by both tourists and tourist operators. The volume confronts and explores the cultural, political and economical interrelations between culture, heritage and the tourism industry. In so doing, it also investigates how this co-mingling of identity, representation and social life may be better apprehended with the wider shift in critical thought towards notions of affect and performativity. The book is a fundamental and influential contribution to research in this field. It will be of significant value to students, academics and researchers interested in this broad topic area.
Category: Social Science

Introduction To Museum Work

Author : George Ellis Burcaw
ISBN : 0761989269
Genre : Reference
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Long regarded as one the leading texts in museology, Introduction to Museum Work is now thoroughly revised and updated. While citing recent changes in the museum world, the third edition of Burcaw's classic work retains its useful philosophical orientation and convenient summary format. All the basics of museology are here—the central issues are discussed and definitions are given for all the terms museum workers need to know. Every chapter includes practical exercises making Burcaw's book ideal for the classroom or for novice museum workers. Accepted by the Documentation Center of the International Conference of Museums as exemplary of museum training, Introduction to Museum Work is used as a basic text in museum studies all over the world.
Category: Reference

Public History

Author : Faye Sayer
ISBN : 9781472514653
Genre : History
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Public History: A Practical Guide explores history in the public sphere and examines the variety of skills that historians require in the practice of public history. It discusses how through various mediums of interpretation and presentation a range of actors, which include museums, archives, government agencies, community history societies and the media and digital media, make history accessible to a wider audience. It provides the reader with an overview of the wider-world application and communication of history beyond the classroom through core case studies for each sector that include ideas for best practice 'in the field'. This book offers an accessible and engaging synopsis of a topic that has not previously been covered. By focusing on an area of study that has changed substantially in the last decade, Public History: A Practical Guide presents a comprehensive outline of the practice of 'public history', and provides ideas for future methodological approaches as well as a reference point for planning professional development in order to gain future employment in these sectors. In the current economic climate, students need to understand the potential use of history beyond university; this book contains the tools and advice needed for them to get one step ahead in terms of knowledge, skills and experience.
Category: History

Wa H Re Arch Ologie

Author : Marco Kircher
ISBN : 9783839420379
Genre : Philosophy
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Archäologie wird in populären Wissensprodukten oftmals wirkmächtig vermarktet. Marco Kircher erörtert die zentralen Spannungsfelder zwischen akademischen und publikumswirksamen Präsentationen archäologischer Forschung und zeigt ausführlich auf, welche Akteure warum welche Darstellungsformen wählen. Die Ergebnisse verschiedener Fallstudien über erfolgreiche TV-Dokumentationen (Terra X) und Sonderausstellungen (z.B. über Tutanchamun) sowie Interview-Aussagen diverser Beteiligter werden mit generellen Trends der Wissensvermittlung verknüpft. Zudem zeigt Kirchers Studie aktuelle Tendenzen, insbesondere des Internets, auf - und liefert dadurch fächerübergreifende Impulse zum Verhältnis von Wissenschaft, Kommerzialisierung, Öffentlichkeit und Medien.
Category: Philosophy