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Archaeologists in Print

Thornton, A; (2018) Archaeologists in Print. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access


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Archaeologists in Print is a history of popular publishing in archaeology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a pivotal period of expansion and development in both archaeology and publishing. It examines how British archaeologists produced books and popular periodical articles for a non-scholarly audience, and explores the rise in archaeologists’ public visibility. Notably, it analyses women’s experiences in archaeology alongside better known male contemporaries as shown in their books and archives. In the background of this narrative is the history of Britain’s imperial expansion and contraction, and the evolution of modern tourism in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Archaeologists exploited these factors to gain public and financial support and interest, and build and maintain a reading public for their work, supported by the seasonal nature of excavation and tourism. Reinforcing these publishing activities through personal appearances in the lecture hall, exhibition space and site tour, and in new media – film, radio and television – archaeologists shaped public understanding of archaeology. It was spadework, scripted. The image of the archaeologist as adventurous explorer of foreign lands, part spy, part foreigner, eternally alluring, solidified during this period. That legacy continues, undimmed, today.

Type: Book
Title: Archaeologists in Print
ISBN-13: 9781787352575
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787352575
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787352575
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Amara Thornton, 2018 Images © Copyright holders named in captions, 2018 This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This license allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. Attribution should include the following information: Thornton, A. 2018. Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People. London, UCL Press. https://doi.org/ 10.14324/111.9781787352575 Further details about Creative Commons licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: Archaeology, Books, Publishing, Archaeologist
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050677
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