1st Edition

Museums and Archaeology




ISBN 9781138026230
Published February 9, 2017 by Routledge
662 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Museums and Archaeology brings together a wide, but carefully chosen, selection of literature from around the world that connects museums 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 is 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, which situates the readings in the context of the extensive literature on museum archaeology, highlighting the many tensions that exist between idealistic ‘principles’ and real-life ‘practice’ and the debates that surround these. In addition to this, section introductions and the seminal pieces themselves provide a comprehensive and contextualised resource on the interplay of museums and archaeology.

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Table of Contents

1 Museums and archaeology: principles, practice and debates
 ROBIN SKEATES

PART ONE: ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS

Introduction to Part One
ROBIN SKEATES

2 Managing curated collections: the basics
LYNNE P. SULLIVAN AND S. TERRY CHILDS

3 Archaeological curation in the 21st century. Or, making sure the roof doesn’t blow off
WENDY BUSTARD

4 Primal fear: deaccessioning collections
 ROBERT C. SONDERMAN

5 Archaeological archives: serving the public interest?
NICK MERRIMAN AND HEDLEY SWAIN

6 Archaeological archives in Britain and the development of the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre
HEDLEY SWAIN

7 Inventory and global management in archaeology: the example of the Neuchâtel Museum
MARIE-ODILE VAUDOU

8 Issues in practice: conservation procedures
ELIZABETH PYE

9 Caring for an Egyptian mummy and coffin
LAURA S. PHILLIPS AND LINDA ROUNDHILL

10 Gristhorpe Man: an Early Bronze Age log-coffin burial scientifically defined
NIGEL MELTON, JANET MONTGOMERY, CHRISTOPHER J. KNÜSEL, CATHY BATT, STUART NEEDHAM, MIKE PARKER PEARSON, ALISON SHERIDAN, CARL HERON, TIM HORSLEY, ARMIN SCHMIDT, ADRIAN EVANS, ELIZABETH CARTER, HOWELL EDWARDS, MICHAEL HARGREAVES, ROB JANAWAY, NIELS LYNNERUP, PETER NORTHOVER, SONIA O'CONNOR, ALAN OGDEN, TIMOTHY TAYLOR, VAUGHAN WASTLING AND ANDREW WILSON

11 History and surface condition of the Lewis Chessmen in the collection of the National Museums Scotland (Hebrides, late 12th–early 13th centuries)
JIM TATE, INA REICHE, FLAVIA PINZARI, JANE CLARK AND DAVID CALDWELL

PART TWO: ARCHAEOLOGY, ETHICS AND THE LAW

Introduction to Part Two
ROBIN SKEATES

12 From museum to mantelpiece: the antiquities trade in the United Kingdom
 KATHRYN WALKER TUBB AND NEIL BRODIE

13 The revolution in U.S. museums concerning the ethics of acquiring antiquities
JENNIFER ANGLIM KREDER

14 Repatriation: Australian perspectives
 MICHAEL GREEN AND PHIL GORDON

15 The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in its first decade
JAMES A.R. NAFZIGER AND REBECCA J. DOBKINS

16 Policy and practice in the treatment of archaeological human remains in North American museum and public agency collections
FRANCIS P. MCMANAMON

17 Covering up the mummies
TIFFANY JENKINS

 PART THREE:  INTERPRETING THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PAST

Introduction to Part Three
ROBIN SKEATES

18 Presenting the past: towards a redemptive aesthetic for the museum
MICHAEL SHANKS AND CHRISTOPHER TILLEY

19 Speaking for the past in the present: text, authority and learning in archaeology museums
ROBIN SKEATES

20 Towards presenting scientific research in archaeology museums
 MARK S. COPLEY

21 Prehistory, identity, and archaeological representation in Nordic museums
 JANET E. LEVY

22 Is it enough to make the main characters female? An intersectional and social semiotic reading of the exhibition Prehistories 1 at the National Historical Museum in Stockholm, Sweden
ANNIKA BÜNZ

23 The Jorvik Viking Centre: an experiment in archaeological site interpretation
PETER ADDYMAN AND ANTHONY GAYNOR

24 The new Museum of Altamira: finding solutions to tourism pressure
JOSÉ ANTONIO LASHERAS CORRUCHAGA AND PILAR FATÁS MONFORTE

25 Archaeological site museums in Latin America
 HELAINE SILVERMAN

26 The new Acropolis Museum: where the visual feast trumps education
 KATIE RASK

27 Development and utilization of underground space for the protection of relics in the Yang Emperor Mausoleum of the Han Dynasty
 ZHILONG CHEN, PING ZHANG AND JUXI LI

28 The Port Royal Project: a case study in the use of VR technology for the recontextualization of archaeological artifacts and building remains in a museum setting
 HARRY HELLING, CHARLIE STEINMETZ, ERIC SOLOMON AND BERNARD FRISCHER

29 Teaching the past in museums
 JOANNE LEA

30 Interaction or tokenism? The role of hands-on activities in museum archaeology displays
JANET OWEN

31 The re-display of the Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury, and the National Curriculum in England
PETER G. STONE

32 Roman boxes for London's schools: an outreach service by the Museum of London
JENNY HALL AND HEDLEY SWAIN

33 Translating archaeology for the public: empowering and engaging museum goers with the past
 ALEXANDRA A. CHAN

34 Involving the public in museum archaeology
NICK MERRIMAN

35 Public archaeology and museums in Japan
 DEVENA HAGGIS

36 Uncovering ancient Egypt: the Petrie Museum and its public
 SALLY MACDONALD AND CATHERINE SHAW

37 Re-imagining Egypt: artefacts, contemporary art and community engagement in the museum
 GEMMA TULLY

38 Working towards greater equity and understanding: examples of collaborative archaeology and museum initiatives with Indigenous peoples in North America
 SARAH CARR-LOCKE AND GEORGE NICHOLAS

39 Conversations about the production of archaeological knowledge and community museums at Chunchucmil and Kochol, Yucatán, México
 TRACI ARDREN

40 Us and them: who benefits from experimental exhibition making?
 PETE BROWN

 

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Biography

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.