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New Life for Archaeological Collections by Rebecca Allen,Ben Ford Book Summary:
New Life for Archaeological Collections explores solutions to what archaeologists are calling the “curation crisis,” that is, too much stuff with too little research, analysis, and public interpretation. This volume demonstrates how archaeologists are taking both large and small steps toward not only solving the dilemma of storage but recognizing the value of these collections through inventorying and cataloging, curation, rehousing, artifact conservation, volunteer and student efforts, and public exhibits. Essays in this volume highlight new questions and innovative uses for existing archaeological collections. Rebecca Allen and Ben Ford advance ways to make the evaluation and documentation of these collections more accessible to those inside and outside of the scholarly discipline of archaeology. Contributors to New Life for Archaeological Collections introduce readers to their research while opening new perspectives for scientists and students alike to explore the world of archaeology. These essays illuminate new connections between cultural studies and the general availability of archaeological research and information. Drawing from the experience of university professors, government agency professionals, and cultural resource managers, this volume represents a unique commentary on education, research, and the archaeological community.
The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections by Nicolas Peterson,Lindy Allen,Louise Hamby Book Summary:
This volume of original essays brings together, for the first time, histories of the making and of the makers of most of the major Indigenous Australian museum collections. These collections are a principal source of information on how Aboriginal people lived in the past. Knowing the context in which any collection was created-the intellectual frameworks within which the collectors were working, their collecting practices, what they failed to collect, and what Aboriginal people withheld-is vital to understanding how any collection relates to the Aboriginal society from which it was derived. Once made, collections have had mixed fates: some have become the jewel of a museum's holdings, while others have been divided and dispersed across the world, or retained but neglected. The essays in this volume raise issues about representation, institutional policies, the periodisation of collecting, intellectual history, material culture studies, Aboriginal culture and the idea of a 'collection'.
The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology by Peter Mitchell,Paul Lane Book Summary:
Africa has the longest and arguably the most diverse archaeological record of any of the continents. It is where the human lineage first evolved and from where Homo sapiens spread across the rest of the world. Later, it witnessed novel experiments in food-production and unique trajectories to urbanism and the organisation of large communities that were not always structured along strictly hierarchical lines. Millennia of engagement with societies in other parts of the world confirm Africa's active participation in the construction of the modern world, while the richness of its history, ethnography, and linguistics provide unusually powerful opportunities for constructing interdisciplinary narratives of Africa's past. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of African archaeology, covering the entirety of the continent's past from the beginnings of human evolution to the archaeological legacy of European colonialism. As well as covering almost all periods and regions of the continent, it includes a mixture of key methodological and theoretical issues and debates, and situates the subject's contemporary practice within the discipline's history and the infrastructural challenges now facing its practitioners. Bringing together essays on all these themes from over seventy contributors, many of them living and working in Africa, it offers a highly accessible, contemporary account of the subject for use by scholars and students of not only archaeology, but also history, anthropology, and other disciplines.
The Curation and Care of Museum Collections by Bruce A Campbell,Christian Baars Book Summary:
Museum curators enter the profession with a specialist subject qualification and yet at some point in their career, many curators find themselves in charge of a range of collections outside of their expert knowledge. Interpreting, curating and caring for mixed collections demands of curators a wide range of knowledge and understanding. The Curation and Care of Museum Collections is designed to give curators the fundamental information and confidence they need to manage and care for all of the collections within their responsibility, regardless of their previous training and experience. Comprising two sections – Museum Collections, and Collection Development and Care – the chapters cover archaeology, art, history, military and natural sciences collections, as well as heritage properties. Every chapter in the book is focused on one type of collection, but all chapters in the collection management section contain advice on topics such as organisational philosophy, documentation, legal issues and materials in order to provide a useful and comprehensive guide to managing collections. The collection care section is structured in the same way, considering the issues of storage; display; handling; moving; packing; housekeeping; health and safety; emergency preparedness; and pest, pollution, environmental, light and vibration management. The contributors to this book are experienced museum professionals, each with their own specialism and a deep understanding of what it means to work in the context of mixed collections. Providing a highly practical guide, The Curation and Care of Museum Collections is essential reading for curators working in all types of museums, galleries and heritage sites, and for students of museology courses around the world.
Pour une esthétique de la réception by Hans Robert Jauss Book Summary:
Trop souvent l'esthétique marxiste ne veut voir dans la littérature qu'un épiphénomène, un "reflet" de la réalité sociale ; le formalisme, au contraire, la considère comme un absolu, un système clos, coupé de cette réalité. L'esthétique de la réception, qui s'est amplement développée en Allemagne depuis une vingtaine d'années, tente de dépasser cette opposition figée de deux approches également partielles. Activité de communication, la littérature n'est pas un simple produit mais aussi un facteur de production de la société. Elle véhicule des valeurs esthétiques, éthiques, sociales qui peuvent contribuer aussi bien à transformer la société qu'à la perpétuer telle qu'elle est. Ainsi l'esthétique de la réception rend à la littérature, à l'art, l'importance et la dignité qui leur ont été si souvent contestées.
A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, Third Edition by Marie C. Malaro,Ildiko DeAngelis Book Summary:
Hailed when it was first published in 1985 as the bible of U.S. collections management, A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections offers the only comprehensive discussion of the legal questions faced by museums regarding collections. This revised and expanded third edition addresses the many legal developments—including a comprehensive discussion of stolen art and the international movement of cultural property, recent developments in copyright, and the effects of burgeoning electronic uses—that have occurred during the past twenty-five years. An authorative, go-to book for any museum professional, Legal Primer offers detailed explanations of the law, suggestions for preventing legal problems, and numerous case studies of lawsuits involving museum collections.
Natives and Newcomers by Bruce Trigger Book Summary:
A critical re-evaluation of the impact of the two cultures - native and European - on each other. A revisionist narrative history of the period providing a detailed survey of the stereotypes of native people that have distorted the development of Canadian history and anthropology, and shows how historical, ethnohistorical, ethnographical, physical anthropological, economic, palaeodemographical, and archaeological approaches can and cannot be combined to produce a more accurate understanding of the past.
Museum Curators Guide by PICKERING Book Summary:
The Museum Curator's Guide is a practical reference book for emerging arts and heritage professionals working with a wide range of objects (including fine art, decorative arts, social history, ethnographic and archaeological collections), and explores the core work of the curator within a gallery or museum setting. Commencing with a clear overview of and introduction to current material culture and museum studies theories, Nicola Pickering then discusses their practical application with collections. Illustrated with specific case studies, she considers the role of the curator, their duties, day to day work, interaction with and care or preservation of objects and the myriad ways objects can be catalogued, displayed, moved, arranged, stored, interpreted and explained in a present-day museum. The Museum Curator's Guide represents an essential and lasting resource for all those working with the collection, preservation and presentation of objects, including students of collections management and curatorship; current gallery and museum professionals; and private collectors.
Caring for the Past by Elizabeth Pye Book Summary:
Caring for the Past discusses the evolution, philosophy and current practice of conservation. It is intended to encourage a better understanding of what conservation involves, and of how it can contribute to the study and enjoyment of the heritage. Issues affecting conservation and its future development are examined, and illustrated with examples.The principal focus of the book is on conservation of archaeological, ethnographic and museum objects, with reference to, and comparison with, conservation in other fields such as buildings and monuments, and fine and decorative arts. Topics include:* the context and scope of conservation, and its ethical and theoretical basis* history of conservation* meaning of objects and its effect on conservation* change and deterioration in materials and objects* issues in practice: decision-making, conservation procedures* working relations between conservators, curators and scientists* development of a conservation profession, training in conservation* communicating conservation and attracting public supportCaring for the Past will be of value to those wishing to explore ideas about conservation of archaeological and museum objects, including heritage or collections managers, archaeologists, museum curators, conservators and materials scientists. It will be particularly useful as a text for postgraduate courses in conservation, museum studies and cultural heritage management.
Essai sur l'art de restaurer les estampes et les livres by Alfred Bonnardot Book Summary:
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