Archaeology for the People: Joukowsky Institute Perspectives (Joukowsky Institute Publication 7)

Archaeology for the People: Joukowsky Institute Perspectives (Joukowsky Institute Publication 7)

By: John Cherry (editor), Felipe Rojas (editor)Paperback

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In 2014, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World organized an international writing competition calling for accessible and engaging essays about any aspect of archaeology. Nearly 150 submissions from over two dozen countries were received. Archaeology for the People gathers the best of those entries. Their diverse topics-from the destruction of historic, urban gardens in contemporary Istanbul to the fall of the ancient Maya city- offer a taste of the global reach and relevance of archaeology. Their main common trait, however, is that they prove that archaeology can offer much more to a general audience than Indiana Jones or aliens building pyramids. All of the articles collected in this book combine sophisticated analysis of an exciting archeological problem with prose geared at a non-specialized audience. This book also offers a series of reflections on how and why to engage in dialogues about archaeology with people who are not specialists. These include a stunning photo-essay that captures the challenges of life at an archaeological site in northern Sudan, interviews with a number of leading archaeologists who have successfully written about archaeology for a broad public or who are actively engaged in practicing archaeology beyond academia, and a discussion of the experience of teaching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about archaeology to over 40,000 students. This book should be of interest to anyone who has wondered how and why to write about archaeology for people other than archaeologists.

About Author

John Cherry looked after medieval metalwork at the British Museum from 1964 to 2002. In 2016 he published Richard Rawlinson and his Seal Matrices: Collecting in the Early Eighteenth Century, and 'Patronage and purpose: goldsmiths and the engraving of silver seal matrices in late Medieval England' in Orfeverie gothique en Europe: production et reception, ed. E.A. Konig and M. Tomasi. Felipe Rojas (Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Brown University) has conducted archaeological fieldwork in the Eastern Mediterranean at various sites including Aphrodisias, Sardis, and Petra. He is currently finishing a monograph about Greek, Roman and Byzantine interaction with the Bronze and Iron Age material culture of Anatolia.


Contents 1. Introduction: Archaeology for the People (John Cherry& Felipe Rojas) 2. The Sanctuary: The World's Oldest Temple and the Dawn of Civilization (Elif Batuman) [Reprinted from The New Yorker, December 19, 2011; permission to reproduce pending] 3. The Urban Gardens of Istanbul: An Archaeology of Sustenance (Marta Ostivich, Aleksandar Sopov, and Chantel White) [Prize-winning essay in the Archaeology for the People competition] 4. Origins: The Elusive Search for the First Native Americans (Chip Colwell) 5. Remembering Slack Farm (A. Gwynn Henderson) 6. Loot and the Biography of Pots (Vernon Silver) 7. The Decline and Fall of the Classic Maya City (Keith Eppich) 8. Digging Deep: A Hauntilogy of Cape Town (Nick Shepherd) 9. Photo Essay: Eating in Uronarti (Laurel Bestock) 10. Responses to a Questionnaire (Brian Fagan, Colin Renfrew, Alfredo Gonzalez Ruibal, Marilyn Johnson, Cornelius Holtorf, Leonardo Lopez Lujan, Yannis Hamilakis, Kara Cooney, Lynn Meskell) 11. MOOCs: Teaching Archaeology to 45,000 Students (Susan Alcock, Andrew Dufton, Muge Durusu-Tanrioever)

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  • ISBN13: 9781785701078
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781785701078
  • ISBN10: 178570107X

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