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Key Concepts in Public Archaeology

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Edited by Gabriel Moshenska | February 2017

February 2017
Free Enhanced Digital Edition

September 2017
Format: 234 x 156mm
Open Access PDF
ISBN: 978‑1‑911307‑71‑6
ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑44‑0
ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑43‑3
ISBN: 978‑1‑911576‑40‑2
Pages: 226

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About the book

This textbook 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 – which can be read independently – 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.

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 author

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.