ABSTRACT

Scrutinizing, in detail, the relationship between archaeology, heritage and the public, this much-needed volume explores public interest and participation in archaeology as a subject worthy of academic attention in its own right.

Examining case studies from throughout the world; from North America, Britain, Egypt and Brazil to East Africa, China and beyond, Nick Merriman focuses on two key areas: communication and interpretation, and stakeholders.

Constant reports of new discoveries, protests over the destruction of sites and debates over the return of artefacts such as the Elgin marbles or indigenous remains testify to an increasing public interest in archaeology.

For students and scholars of this archaeology, and of its relationship with the public, this will prove essential reading.

 

chapter 1|18 pages

INTRODUCTION

Diversity and dissonance in public archaeology
ByNick Merriman

part |2 pages

PART I Spreading the word: communication and interpretation

chapter 2|38 pages

PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE UNITED STATES

ByJohn H. Jameson Jr

chapter 3|26 pages

ARCHAEOLOGY AND PUBLIC EDUCATION IN NORTH AMERICA

View from the beginning of the millennium
ByKarolyn E. Smardz Frost

chapter 4|24 pages

INVOLVING THE PUBLIC IN MUSEUM ARCHAEOLOGY

ByNick Merriman

chapter 5|23 pages

UNCOVERING ANCIENT EGYPT

The Petrie Museum and its public
BySally MacDonald, Catherine Shaw

chapter 6|13 pages

PRESENTING ARCHAEOLOGY TO THE PUBLIC

Constructing insights on-site
ByTim Copeland

chapter 7|14 pages

ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE BRITISH MEDIA

ByNeal Ascherson

chapter 8|30 pages

TOWARDS A MORE DEMOCRATIC ARCHAEOLOGY?

The Internet and public archaeological practice
ByCarol McDavid

part |2 pages

Part II IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST? The stakeholders

chapter 9|11 pages

Archaeology and authority in England

ByRoger M. Thomas

chapter 10|9 pages

PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY IN BRAZIL

ByPedro Paulo A. Funari

chapter 11|13 pages

ARCHAEOLOGY FOR WHOSE INTEREST – ARCHAEOLOGISTS OR THE LOCALS?

ByBertram Mapunda, Paul Lane

chapter 12|16 pages

PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGY AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

ByMike Parker Pearson and Ramilisonina

chapter 13|15 pages

ARCHAEOLOGY IN REVERSE

The flow of Aboriginal people and their remains through the space of New South Wales
ByDenis Byrne

chapter 14|17 pages

THE COMFORTS OF UNREASON

The importance and relevance of alternative archaeology
ByTim Schadla-Hall

chapter 15|20 pages

THE TREASURE ACT AND THE PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES SCHEME

A case study in developing public archaeology
ByRoger Bland