Museums and Archaeology / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
Museums, Heritage and Archaeology brings together a wide, but carefully-chosen, selection of literature from around the world that connects museums, heritage and archaeology. Part of the successful Leicester Readers in Museum Studies series, it provides a combination of issue- and practice-based perspectives. As such, it a volume not only for students and researchers from a range of disciplines interested in museum, gallery and heritage studies, including public archaeology and cultural resource management (CRM), but also the wide range of professionals and volunteers in the museum and heritage sector who work with archaeological collections.
The volume’s balance of theory and practice and its thematic and geographical breadth is explored and explained in an extended introduction, on ‘Museums, Heritage and Archaeology: Principles, Practice and Debates’. It situates the readings in the context of the extensive literature on public archaeology (archaeological heritage) and museum archaeology, highlighting the many tensions that exist between idealistic ‘principles’ and real-life ‘practice’ and the debates that surround these. The extended introduction, section introductions and the seminal pieces chosen by Robin Skeates create a comprehensive and contextualised introduction to the interplay of museums, heritage and archaeology.
About the Author
Robin Skeates is Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University in the UK. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2005, and has served as General Editor of the European Journal of Archaeology since 2010.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: Museums, heritage and archaeology: principles, practice and debates
PART 1: ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS
1.1 Curation/collections management of archaeological remains: responses to crisis
1.2 Archaeological archives: selection, retention, use and disposal
1.3 Inventory/documentation, identification and authentication of archaeological collections
1.4 Museum care, conservation and restoration of archaeological objects
1.5 Archaeology collections research
PART 2: ARCHAEOLOGY, ETHICS AND THE LAW
2.1 Legal and ethical dimensions of archaeological museum collecting and collections
2.2 Museums and the collecting and display of ancient human remains
2.3 Repatriation and reburial of archaeological museum collections
PART 3: INTERPRETING THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PAST
3.1 Critical and political perspectives on museum representations of the archaeological past and of archaeology
3.2 Archaeological site museums
3.3 New, site-specific, archaeology museum architecture
3.4 Designing archaeology displays
3.5 Teaching and learning through museum archaeology
3.6 Public engagement in and perceptions of museum archaeology