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    The site of the archive: responsibility and rhetoric in archival archaeology of the Middle East

    Baird, Jennifer A. (2022) The site of the archive: responsibility and rhetoric in archival archaeology of the Middle East. In: Boubou, O. and Miranda, A.C. and Raja, R. (eds.) Archival Historiographies - The Impact of Twentieth-Century Legacy Data on Archaeological Investigations. Archive Archaeology. Brepols Publishers. ISBN

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    Book synopsis: Archives held in institutions around the world hold a wealth of material but traditionally, the fields of Classical and ancient Near Eastern archaeology have been slow to make use of such legacy data in their investigations. In recent years, however, this trend has begun to change, and scholars increasingly recognize the importance of archival material to their research. Drawing directly on these trends, this volume offers the first in-depth analysis of what it means to engage in archive archaeology and how it can influence understandings of both the ancient world and the recent past. Excavation historiographies and the formation of archaeological archives in the twentieth century are investigated in locations from across the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, with current understanding of sites such as Dura Europos or Palmyra being fundamentally reassessed in the light of the archival material. Crucially, the volume contributions gathered here look to the future as well as to the past: archives are acknowledged as essential to cultural heritage preservation and restitution initiatives, and chapters explore best practices, as well as presenting some of the manifold potentials of archive and legacy data to future research.


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    Additional Information: Series synopsis: Archive Archaeology is a dedicated series for the publication of monographs and edited collections exploring archival material relating to archaeological and historical materials across the centuries. The aims of this series are twofold. Firstly, materials, and excavation reports can be found in museums and archives around the world, but they are largely unpublished, frequently inaccessible, and typically uncited in scholarship, despite often holding crucial information on sites as well as objects. This series therefore aims to make this material available to readers for the first time, in combination with new research materials and wider discussions around the archive material. Secondly, in the context of wider discussions about handling and disseminating cultural heritage, the series looks to promote research that explores the methodological and theoretical discussions around such material. Combined, these two approaches provide a unique forum for new research into archival and legacy data.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Jennifer Baird
    Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2022 11:50
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:12


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