chapter  10
40 Pages

Preserving and presenting the evidence

WithMike Parker Pearson

Many people might think that the archaeologist’s tasks are over once the fieldwork, analysis and publication have been completed. In fact two of the most important aspects of archaeology are the preservation of archaeological remains and the presentation of those remains, and of their interpretations, to a wider public. Preserving old ruins and presenting the past might not seem as exciting as making archaeological discoveries, but in recent years archaeologists around the world have been drawn into a number of important ethical, philosophical and political debates: who owns the past?, what should be preserved?, what should be presented?, whose history is it?