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The Economic Capital of Archaeology: Measurement and Management

Burtenshaw, P; (2013) The Economic Capital of Archaeology: Measurement and Management. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The economic aspects of archaeology are becoming increasingly emphasised by stakeholders inside and outside the discipline. However, archaeology is currently ill-equipped – conceptually and practically – to deal with the new demands this emphasis places. This research responds to that situation, develops and applies a new conceptual model fit to approach the use of archaeology as an economic asset, examines how archaeology’s ability to act as an economic asset attracts value, and considers how archaeologists can best understand economic ‘capital’. The thesis first examines current approaches to ‘value’ and ‘economics’ in cultural heritage management and cultural economics, identifying a damaging divide between the ‘cultural’ and the ‘economic’. A ‘Capital Model’ is developed, which focuses on how value is created for the public and emphasises the equality and interrelationship of economic, social and cultural benefits of archaeological sites and materials. This research then analyses how the ‘economic capital’ of archaeology is currently used to create value for stakeholders and the public. Drawing on perspectives from environmental resource management, it examines the approaches of international organisations, national governments (focusing on the UK), and local heritage tourism projects. This analysis highlights the necessity, and current lack of, data and methodologies to measure the economic capital of archaeology. Available methodologies are examined and applied to the case study of Feynan, Jordan. Data on the quantity and distribution of the economic impact of the local archaeology, and its interaction with other social and cultural values, is collected to inform management strategies. The case study demonstrates the importance of archaeologists understanding the economic capital of archaeology.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The Economic Capital of Archaeology: Measurement and Management
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Third party copyright material has been removed from ethesis.
Keywords: Public Archaeology, Cultural Economics, Economics of Archaeology, Feynan, Faynan, Heritage Tourism
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/1416288
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