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An Introduction to Museum Archaeology


  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521677967

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  • An Introduction to Museum Archaeology provides a comprehensive survey and synthesis of all aspects of current museum practice in relation to the discipline of archaeology. Drawing heavily on examples it deconstructs the different challenges posed by trying to tell archaeological stories in museum buildings, and on related sites. The final section sums up the state of museum archaeology in the early 21st century and discusses the major issues it is currently confronting. There is also a detailed list of every museum and exhibit mentioned in the book, with a Web address and an exhaustive list of references. An Introduction to Museum Archaeology provides an essential text for anyone studying museums, archaeology or cultural heritage and a reference for those working in these fields. It is full of detailed information, and discusses concepts and provides the context for current debates.

    • Firmly based in practical examples from the UK, Europe and North America, covering hundreds of museums, as well as many examples of exhibitions and programmes
    • The bibliography and appendix lists every museum in the text with a web address making it an essential reference tool in its own right
    • Deals with the subject holistically, putting it into a global, philosophical and historical perspective including recent issues such as repatriation and restitution of human remains and objects, museums in international wars
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    'An Introduction to Museum Archaeology is an accessible account of museum archaeology in England, as seen by one of its most active and visible exponents. … Usefully, each chapter contains a short list of key texts and the museums and exhibitions cited in this book are included in an appendix …' Antiquity

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521677967
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.532kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. What for whom?
    2. Origins and influences
    3. Current aims, scope, and theory
    4. The legal framework
    5. Geographic scope
    Part II. Collections:
    6. Archaeological collections
    7. Excavation archives
    8. Human remains
    9. Research
    10. Conservation and collections care
    Part III. Interpretation:
    11. The visiting public
    12. Displaying archaeology: methods
    13. Displaying archaeology: examples
    14. Schools, public and community programmes
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    15. Conclusions
    16. Museums mentioned in text.

  • Author

    Hedley Swain, Museum of London
    Hedley Swain is Head of Early London History and Collections at the Museum of London and chair of the British Society of Museum Archaeologists. He is an honorary lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and an instructor at the University of London. Swain has published widely on museum and archaeological matters and is the author of several major surveys of museum archaeology in Britain.

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