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Scattered Finds: Archaeology, Egyptology and Museums

Stevenson, AE; (2019) Scattered Finds: Archaeology, Egyptology and Museums. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Between the 1880s and 1980s, British excavations at locations across Egypt resulted in the discovery of hundreds of thousands of ancient objects that were subsequently sent to some 350 institutions worldwide. These finds included unique discoveries at iconic sites such as the tombs of ancient Egypt's first rulers at Abydos, Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s city of Tell el-Amarna and rich Roman Era burials in the Fayum. Scattered Finds explores the politics, personalities and social histories that linked fieldwork in Egypt with the varied organizations around the world that received finds. Case studies range from Victorian municipal museums and women’s suffrage campaigns in the UK, to the development of some of the USA’s largest institutions, and from university museums in Japan to new institutions in post-independence Ghana. By juxtaposing a diversity of sites for the reception of Egyptian cultural heritage over the period of a century, Alice Stevenson presents new ideas about the development of archaeology, museums and the construction of Egyptian heritage. She also addresses the legacy of these practices, raises questions about the nature of the authority over such heritage today, and argues for a stronger ethical commitment to its stewardship.

Type: Book
Title: Scattered Finds: Archaeology, Egyptology and Museums
ISBN-13: 978-1-78735-140-0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787351400
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787351400
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Alice Stevenson, 2019 Images © Copyright holders named in captions, 2019 A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from The British Library. This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Stevenson, A. 2019. Scattered Finds: Archaeology, Egyptology and Museums. London, UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111. 9781787351400 Further details about Creative Commons licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: Ancient Egypt, archaeology, egyptology, museums, Petrie
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10065026
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