Images, Representations and Heritage: Moving beyond Modern Approaches to Archaeology / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $86.39
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 27%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $86.39   
  • New (6) from $86.39   
  • Used (1) from $153.81   


This volume begins a discourse on the implications of performing archaeology in a world dominated by modern trends of mass production, mass replication and representation of cultural forms, and mass consumption of images of the past. The contributors explore the extent to which contemporary consumption of mass-produced replicas, simulations, images and experiences of the past cause a crisis of representation of the past. Eschewing romantic beliefs, it discusses what archaeology can do.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

From the reviews:

'This collection of essays takes our understanding of the public role of archaeology forward, by placing themes of representation, tourism and the heritage industry into the contexts of contemporary debates on the character of modern society. Where public archaeology is often blandly portrayed as a matter of the management of a cultural resource, Russell's volume presents the traces of the past as active in the present, recruited in the formation of multiple identities, circulated in media and the arts, and formative of dreams and fantasies. This is a book that will be of interest to anyone concerned with the place of the past in today's world, not simply archaeologists and heritage professionals.'
Professor Julian Thomas, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester

"Reaching for some new ways to approach archaeology, editor Russell brings together 12 contributions scholars based in Europe and the US who come from diverse disciplines including art, archaeology, architecture, history, visual culture, classics, and regional planning.... The subject index affords access to the specifics of this wide-ranging exploration." (Reference and Research Book News, November 2006)

"One of the intriguing elements of this book is the opportunity at the end of each section for authors to respond to their articles and the articles of others. This gives a congruency to chapters where seemingly different topics of museum design, Irish passage tombs, and bog bodies can be seen as connected under some broad intellectual thread of understanding. Russell did well as the editor of this volume acting as both a guide and a narrator connecting dots and helping explain themes, allowing chapter authors to do what they do best, tell us about their topics. In this book you will find no mention of flaked stone, Egyptian mummies, or Meso-American temples, though Stonehenge is mentioned. If you are looking for a good book from a distinctly post-modern approach on the future of archaeology, you should look no further." (Historical Archaeology)

"The editor, Ian Russell, has obviously performed a considerable feat in creating a forum for debate and marshalling these articles and commentaries. He also provides a very thorough Introduction and Conclusion tying the volume together. … this is an important book, not only for those interested in public archaeology and heritage, but for anyone involved in the production of images on the past." (Siân Jones, Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 64, 2008)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441940759
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 0.85 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Realisms and Realities.- Introductions.- Archaeologically Imagined Communities.- Archaeological Tourism as a Signpost to National Identity.- Irish Images on English Goods in the American Market.- Representing Spirit.- Archaeologies and Opportunities.- The Role of Archaeology in Presenting the Past to the Public.- Assessing the Role of Digital Technologies for the Development of Cultrual Resources as Socioeconomic Assets.- Experiencing Archaeology in the Dream Society.- The Crisis of Representation of the Past.- Towards Archaeologies of Memories of the Past and Planning Futures.- Collective Memory and the Museum.- The Simulacra and Simulations of Irish Neolithic Passage Tombs.- Poetic Archaeologies and Moving Beyond Modernity.- Practice Makes Perfect.- Bog Bodies and Bog Lands.- Who Wants to Visit a Cultural Heritage Site?.- Concluding Remarks.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)