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Tourism and Archaeology from Khartoum to Petra in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Publication date: Oct 7, 2012 11:21:16 PM

Start: Oct 23, 2012 6:00:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6

Tourism and Archaeology from Khartoum to Petra in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Amara Thornton will give a lecture sponsored by the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) at the Institute on 23 October.

Dr Thornton's lecture is entitled 'Harvesting the Past: Tourism and Archaeology from Khartoum to Petra in the late 19th and early 20th centuries' and all are welcome. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Abstract

This lecture will examine the history of archaeology and tourism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, looking particularly at the development of antiquities services and the corresponding plans for tourism in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, British Mandate Palestine and Transjordan. As Britain strengthened its hold on territories in Africa and the Middle East, British archaeologists began to investigate the antiquities and sites of these regions under favourable conditions. Through examining the correspondence of British officials and archaeologists, we can begin to unpack their complex relationship – one forged under the context of imperialism, but continually challenged by economic considerations.

The development of heritage tourism plays an important role in archaeology’s history, giving archaeologists a tool by which to negotiate with government officials for the value of the discipline. It also highlights the role of culture in a transnational context, as information and objects from a diverse set of ‘pasts’ circulated between these countries and Britain.