From Stonehenge to Las Vegas: Archaeology as Popular Culture

From Stonehenge to Las Vegas: Archaeology as Popular Culture

by Cornelius Holtorf
     
 

ISBN-10: 075910266X

ISBN-13: 9780759102668

Pub. Date: 05/15/2005

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Indiana Jones. Lara Croft. Archaeologist as folk hero, detective, treasure hunter. The meaning of things below the surface. The life history of Stonehenge. Las Vegas' Luxor Hotel. Copies of artifacts as contemporary kitch. The connections between archaeology and contemporary culture are endless. Cornelius Holtorf merges archaeological and cultural theory to take

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Indiana Jones. Lara Croft. Archaeologist as folk hero, detective, treasure hunter. The meaning of things below the surface. The life history of Stonehenge. Las Vegas' Luxor Hotel. Copies of artifacts as contemporary kitch. The connections between archaeology and contemporary culture are endless. Cornelius Holtorf merges archaeological and cultural theory to take readers on an erudite tour of these intersections, using wide-ranging examples and compelling images to support his often controversial theses. Deliberately blurring the borders between past people and present meanings, this ambitious project seeks no less than the redefinition of the term 'archaeology.' Equal parts amusing, infuriating, and provocative, this work will interest students and teachers in archaeology, anthropology, cultural studies and human geography, as well as professionals in heritage management and museums.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759102668
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
05/15/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

1 Archaeology and popular culture 2 Below the surface 3 The archaeologist in the field 4 Interpreting traces 5 Past meanings 6 Contemporaneous meanings 7 Authenticity 8 The past as renewable resource 9 Archaeo-appeal

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