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Museums and Archaeology

Edited by Robin Skeates

© 2017 – Routledge

662 pages | 45 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Leicester Readers in Museum Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology