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Egyptian Archaeology and the Museum

Stevenson, AE; (2015) Egyptian Archaeology and the Museum. In: Godsen, C, (ed.) Oxford Handbooks Online. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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The relationship between excavation and museums is often assumed to be linear, with artifacts removed from the field and transferred to a museum. This article, however, envisages a more complex connection between the two based on the premise that archaeological context is a continuous process rather than a static setting. The article’s departure point is the legacy and history of collections that were excavated in Egypt and widely distributed to the world’s museums in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These collections comprise not only excavated artifacts, but also the related documents of fieldwork and finds distribution. As a whole, this material allows for continual contextualization as the colonial legacy of archaeology in Egypt, and the hyper-reality of its presentation in museums, is confronted. Concepts such as the contact zone, indigenous archaeologies and radical transparency are just a few of the ways these issues might be addressed. Museum assemblages also permit a critical assessment of both the contemporary and possible future relationships between Egyptian archaeology in the field and museums.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Egyptian Archaeology and the Museum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935413.013.25
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935413.0...
Language: English
Additional information: "Egyptian Archaeology and the Museum" by Alice Stevenson, 2015, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935413.013.25.
Keywords: Egyptian archaeology, museum, history of collections, context, hyperreality, contact zones, radical transparency, indigenous archaeologies
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460661
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