Archaeology, the Public and the Recent Past

August 2013
24 black and white, 5 line illustrations
189 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series
ISBN: 9781843838517
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BISAC SOC003000, HIS015000

Archaeology, the Public and the Recent Past

Edited by Chris Dalglish

Essays dealing with the question of how the theory and practice of archaeology should engage with the recent past.
Heritage, memory, community archaeology and the politics of the past form the main strands running through the papers in this volume.The authors tackle these subjects from a range of different philosophical perspectives, with many drawing on the experience of recent community, commercial and other projects. Throughout, there is a strong emphasis on both the philosophy of engagement and with its enactment in specific contexts; the essays deal with an interest in the meaning, value and contested nature of the recent past and in the theory and practice of archaeological engagements with that past.

Chris Dalglish is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow.

Contributors: Julia Beaumont, David Bowsher, Terry Brown, Jo Buckberry, Chris Dalglish, James Dixon, Audrey Horning, Robert Isherwood, Robert C Janaway, Melanie Johnson, Siân Jones, Catriona Mackie, Janet Montgomery, Harold Mytum, Michael Nevell, Natasha Powers, Biddy Simpson, Matt Town, Andrew Wilson

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Archaeologists, power and the recent past - Chris Dalglish
Open-air museums, authenticity and the shaping of cultural identity: an example from the Isle of Man - Catriona Mackie
Loyal yet independent: archaeological perspectives on remembering and forgetting World War I on the Isle of Man - Harold Mytum
Public engagement at Prestongrange: reflections on a community project - Melanie Johnson and Biddy Simpson
Archaeology for all: managing expectations and learning from the past for the future - the Dig Manchester community archaeology experience - Michael Nevell
Rediscovering, preserving and making memories at community archaeology projects - Robert Isherwood
Politics, publics and professional pragmatics: re-envisioning archaeological practice in Northern Ireland - Audrey Horning
Archaeology, politics and politicians, or: Small p in a big P world - James Dixon
'No certain roof but the coffin lid': exploring the commercial and academic need for a high level research framework to safeguard the future of the post-medieval burial resource - Terry Brown and Natasha Powers and Janet Montgomery and Andrew Wilson and David Bowsher and Julia Beaumont and Robert C Janaway
'Men that are gone...come like shadows, so depart': Research practice and sampling strategies for enhancing our understanding of post-Medieval human remains - Andrew Wilson and Natasha Powers and Janet Montgomery and Jo Buckberry and Julia Beaumont and David Bowsher and Matthew Town and Robert C Janaway
Reflections: Dialogues Between Past, Present and Future: a Commentary on Engaging the Recent Past - Siân Jones


[A] useful and enjoyable book which will serve as a good introduction to the issues it raises for those unfamiliar to them. ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL

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