Museum Education and Archaeology

  • Anna Simandiraki-GrimshawEmail author
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Archaeology, museums and education are three fields which have, for the most part of their history, been inextricably linked. Archaeological museums are places of learning not only because they are deliberately created or maintained as hubs of knowledge, but also because they often act as formal or informal actors in debates about identity, communities, as well as the nature of knowledge itself (cf. Stone 1994; Hooper-Greenhill 1996). In this entry, we will consider how archaeological knowledge is communicated and/or facilitated by museums, and we will reflect on the effect and purposes of this.


I take archaeology to mean both the practice and the subject matter of investigating a past milieu through its material remains (and often intangible survivals), whether this is recent (e.g. World War II archaeology) or chronologically remote (e.g. the Paleolithic). Official practitioners of archaeology are usually certified as professionals by authoritative bodies, such...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bath Spa UniversityBathUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marcia Bezerra
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  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia/PPGAUniversidade Federal do Pará/UFPABelémBrazil