ABSTRACT

Archaeology as a fi eld of professional practice is linked closely with heritage management and interpretation, and increasingly academic archaeology is also engaging with the past as heritage. To understand the relationship between archaeology (the study of the past) and heritage (the use of the past) we need to understand why people are interested in the past. We explored this in Chapter 9 and saw that there was a range of reasons for interest in the past. For most archaeologists, their main motives are a fascination with other worlds in the past and the excitement of discovery. Some archaeologists also understand that the remains we study have to be treated as heritage, as objects for use in various ways in the present. It is perfectly possible to say that archaeology is part of the wider fi eld of study and practice that is heritage studies.