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'A selection of minor antiquities': a multi-sited view on collections from excavations in Egypt

Stevenson, A; Libonati, E; Williams, A; (2016) 'A selection of minor antiquities': a multi-sited view on collections from excavations in Egypt. World Archaeology , 48 (2) pp. 282-295. 10.1080/00438243.2016.1165627. Green open access

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Abstract

This article draws upon the ‘Artefacts of Excavation’ (2014–17) project, which is investigating the worldwide distribution of finds from British-led excavations in Egypt between 1880 and 1980. The departure point for the present article is the earliest phase of these distributions. The potential for multi-sited ethnographic approaches to illuminate the history and significance of such collections is explored. It is argued that, through such analyses, it is possible to chart shifting tensions in the status of objects as they were collected, circulated and re-evaluated between the field and the museum. The article concludes by suggesting that multi-sited frameworks may also be able to re-animate ‘orphaned’ archaeological collections, some of which could be at risk from commercial sale.

Type: Article
Title: 'A selection of minor antiquities': a multi-sited view on collections from excavations in Egypt
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2016.1165627
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2016.1165627
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in World Archaeology on 25 May 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00438243.2016.1165627.
Keywords: Multi-sited ethnography, museum, Egyptian archaeology, history of collections
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/1496061
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