An Introduction to Museum Archaeology

An Introduction to Museum Archaeology

By: Swain Hedley (author)Paperback

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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.

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About Author

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.


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.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/10/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780521677967
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 392
  • ID: 9780521677967
  • weight: 532
  • ISBN10: 0521677963

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