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Archaeological Resource Management
An International Perspective


  • Date Published: November 2015
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521602594

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  • Archaeological resource management (ARM) is the practice of recording, evaluating, preserving for future research and presenting to the public the material remains of the past. Almost all countries uphold a set of principles and laws for the preservation and professional management of archaeological remains. This book offers a critical and comparative perspective on the law and professional practices of managing archaeological remains. Beginning with a global history of ARM, John Carman provides an overview of legal and professional regulations governing ARM today. He then turns to consider the main practices involved in managing archaeological remains, namely, their identification and recording, their evaluation for 'significance', their preservation and their presentation to the public. As a whole, the book offers an overview of what ARM 'does' in the world, with implications for understanding the role of archaeology as a contemporary set of practices that determine how future generations will access material remains of the past.

    • Has global relevance
    • Takes a comparative approach
    • A unique treatment of this subject matter
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    'Archaeological Resource Management is the big success story of recent decades, relevant in every corner of the globe from America to Zanzibar. This first-rate volume explores current theory and practice in an accessible way with refreshingly clear insights into the history, structure and working of modern archaeology.' Timothy Darvill, Bournemouth University

    'John Carman skilfully guides us through a panorama of archaeological resource management, and when we reach its exit, we will have gained a clearer grasp of and objectives for our everyday archaeological practice, that has to be more concerned with its social, cultural, economic, political and regal implications than ever before. A must-read not only for archaeological resource management specialists but also for anyone who is interested in the implications of archaeology as a social practice.' Koji Mizoguchi, Kyushu University

    'This is a most useful and comprehensive overview of what constitutes the field of archaeological heritage in its totality, and as such it is unparalleled. As most archaeologists today are being employed within the heritage field, a book of this kind will appeal to a wide audience.' Kristian Kristiansen, University of Gothenburg

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521602594
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. History and Principles:
    1. Historical antecedents to archaeological resource management
    2. The development of current structures
    3. Systems of regulation
    Part II. Practices:
    4. Inventory
    5. Evaluation
    6. Preservation
    7. Presentation
    Part III. Conclusions:
    8. Archaeology in the world.

  • Author

    John Carman, University of Birmingham
    John Carman is Senior Lecturer in Heritage Valuation at Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham. His authored works in the field of archaeological resource management include Valuing Ancient Things: Archaeology and Law (1996), Archaeology and Heritage (2002) and Against Cultural Property (2005). He has co-authored Archaeological Practice in Great Britain (2011) and co-edited Managing Archaeology (1995), World Heritage: Global Challenges, Local Solutions (2007), Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches (2009) and The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology (2012).

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