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Introduction: Museum Archaeology

Stevenson, Alice; (2022) Introduction: Museum Archaeology. In: Stevenson, Alice, (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Museum Archaeology. (pp. 1-26). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter outlines the rationale for a volume devoted to Museum Archaeology and argues that it is the concept of ‘archaeological context’ that provides a disciplinary centre. This entails a shift from curation of single objects to the curation of relationships among objects, archives, fieldsites, and people. Museum Archaeology can and should be a critical awareness of the histories and agencies that form assemblages, a reflexive practice for ongoing archaeological documentation and analysis, and a responsive, sensitive, and community-engaged approach to interpretation and access. How these principles are developed through the volume is presented here, alongside a summary of the seven themed sections: (1) collecting, categorizing, and challenging histories; (2) contemporary agencies of curation and communities of practice; (3) the spaces and places of museums; (4) alternative materialities: beyond finds; (5) fieldwork in the museum; (6) exhibitionary cultures; and

Type: Book chapter
Title: Introduction: Museum Archaeology
ISBN: 0198847521
ISBN-13: 9780198847526
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Museum Archaeology, archaeological context, reflexive practice, communityengagement, curation, exhibition
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151990
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