Archaeology in Society

Its Relevance in the Modern World

Editors: Rockman, Marcy, Flatman, Joe (Eds.)

  • Addresses issue of archaeology's contribution to the public and public knowledge
  • Contains unique format of conversations between archaeologists with differing views on the field
  • Includes both academic and professional archaeologists
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About this Textbook

The practiceof archaeology has many different facets: from academia, to government, tocultural resource management, to public media.

           Considering the place of archaeology in society means understanding the rolesthat archaeology has in the present day and a sense of the contributions thatit can make in each of these areas, both now and in the future. Archaeologistscome to the field to pursue a variety of interests: teaching, examininghistory, preserving the environment, or studying a specialized time period orinterest. The outside world has a number of other expectations of archaeology:preservation, tourism, and education, to name but a few.

           From a broad and varied background, the editors have compiled a rare group ofcontributors uniquely qualified to address questions about the current state ofarchaeology and its relevance in society. There is no single answer to thequestion of how the field of archaeology should develop, and what it can do forsociety.  Instead,the authors in this volume lay out the many ways in which archaeology isrelevant to the present day - considering, for example, climate change, energyexploration, warfare, national identity, the importance of stories and how theyare told, and how and why opportunities to engage with the past throughmuseums, digs, television, classes, and the print media have the formsthey currently do - creating a state-of-the-art tool for archaeologists, policymakers and the public alike to understand the work of many in the fieldand address the challenges we all face.

About the authors

Marcy Rockman is a 2009-2011 Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science placed with the US Environmental Protection Agency's National Homeland Security Research Centre (Washington, DC, USA) and is also a Fellow of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. Her long-term research focus is the landscape learning process, which is how human populations gather, share, and remember environmental information.

Joe Flatman is the County Archaeologist of Surrey (Woking, Surrey, UK) and a Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology (London, UK). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology, and a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction: A L’Enfant Plan for Archaeology

    Rockman, Marcy

    Pages 1-20

  • Life in the Archaeological Marketplace

    Cumberpatch, Chris (et al.)

    Pages 23-43

  • National-Scale Cultural Resource Legislation

    Cushman, David (et al.)

    Pages 45-56

  • Archaeological Working Conditions and Public Perception

    Everill, Paul (et al.)

    Pages 57-63

  • What Public Engagement in Archaeology Really Means

    Flatman, Joe (et al.)

    Pages 65-76

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Archaeology in Society
Book Subtitle
Its Relevance in the Modern World
Editors
  • Marcy Rockman
  • Joe Flatman
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-9881-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-9881-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-9880-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6001-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 317
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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