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Key Concepts in Public Archaeology

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Edited by Gabriel Moshenska | September 2017

February 2017
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About the book

This book provides a broad overview of the key concepts in public archaeology, a research field that examines the relationship between archaeology and the public, in both theoretical and practical terms. While based on the long-standing programme of undergraduate and graduate teaching in public archaeology at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, the book also takes into account the growth of scholarship from around the world and seeks to clarify what exactly ‘public archaeology’ is by promoting an inclusive, socially and politically engaged vision of the discipline.

Written for students and practitioners, the individual chapters provide textbook-level introductions to the themes, theories and controversies that connect archaeology to wider society, from the trade in illicit antiquities to the use of digital media in public engagement, and point readers to the most relevant case studies and learning resources to aid their further study.

Released as part of JISC's innovative Institution as Publisher study, this book was originally published as a ‘living book’ on UCL Press’s innovative digital platform. The first nine chapters were published in February 2017, with further chapters added over the following months, to form an ongoing and developing resource on this fascinating topic.

About the editor

Gabriel Moshenska is Lecturer in Public Archaeology at UCL. He studied his BSc, MA, PhD and held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowship at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, which has long been a global centre of practice, scholarship and teaching in public archaeology. He has published numerous books and articles on topics including the history of archaeology, the archaeology of the Second World War in Britain, archaeological themes in literature, and public and community archaeology. 

Table of contents

1. Introduction: public archaeology as practice and scholarship where archaeology meets the world 
Gabriel Moshenska 
2. Community archaeology 
Suzie Thomas
3. Economics in public archaeology 
Paul Burtenshaw
4. Archaeology and education 
Don Henson
5. Digital media in public archaeology 
Chiara Bonacchi
6. Presenting archaeological sites to the public 
Reuben Grima 
7. The archaeological profession and human rights 
Samuel Hardy
8. The Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme in England and Wales 
Roger Bland, Michael Lewis, Daniel Pett, Ian Richardson, Katherine Robbins and Rob Webley
9. Alternative archaeologies 
Gabriel Moshenska 
10. Commercial archaeology in the UK: public interest, benefit and engagement 
Hilary Orange, Dominic Perring
11. Archaeologists in popular culture 
Gabriel Moshenska
12. Archaeology and nationalism 
Ulrike Sommer
13. The market for ancient art 
David W.J. Gill