Archaeology in Society

Its Relevance in the Modern World

  • Marcy Rockman
  • Joe Flatman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Dialogues in the Practical Sides of Archaeological Relevance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Chris Cumberpatch, Howell M. Roberts
      Pages 23-43
    3. David Cushman, Tony Howe
      Pages 45-56
    4. Paul Everill, Peter A. Young
      Pages 57-63
    5. Joe Flatman, Robert C. Chidester, David A. Gadsby
      Pages 65-76
    6. Vance T. Holliday, Nan A. Rothschild
      Pages 77-88
    7. Michael D. Metcalf, Jim Moses
      Pages 89-96
    8. Stephen E. Nash, Nancy O’Malley
      Pages 97-109
    9. Richard Perry, M. Jay Stottman
      Pages 111-122
    10. Julie M. Schablitsky, Nigel J. Hetherington
      Pages 139-152
    11. Della A. Scott-Ireton, David Gaimster
      Pages 153-164
  3. Deep Sides of Archaeological Relevance

  4. Future Scope of Archaeological Relevance

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-317

About this book



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.


Archaeological Theory Cultural Heritage Cultural Resource Management Museum Studies Preservation and resource management Public Archaeology Tourism academia and archaeology conversations about archaeology cultural resource legislation looting and archaeology public engagement of archaeology public perception of archaeologists

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcy Rockman
    • 1
  • Joe Flatman
    • 2
  1. 1.Cotsen Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Fac. Arts, Inst. ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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