The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of Public ArchaeologyThe Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology, edited by Robin Skeates, Carol McDavid and John Carman, just came out last month (March, 2012)…I co-authored one of the chapters (Chapter 31: “Descent community partnering, the politics of time, and the logistics of reality: tales from North American, African diaspora, archaeology”)…but I have to confess, the volume ain’t cheap…

According to the OUP website, the volume seeks to…

reappraise the place of archaeology in the contemporary world by providing a series of essays that critically engage with both old and current debates in the field of public archaeology.  Divided into four distinct sections and drawing across disciplines in this dynamic field, the volume aims to evaluate the range of research strategies and methods used in archaeological heritage and museum studies, identify and contribute to key contemporary debates, critically explore the history of archaeological resource management, and question the fundamental principles and practices through which the archaeological past is understood and used today.

The volume also includes many friends & colleagues such as Fred McGhee, Adrian Praetzellis, Barbara Little, Michael Nassaney, Margaret Purser, Kevin Bartoy, Patrice Jeppson, Cheryl LaRoche, Alice Kehoe, and David Gadsby…and many, many more (it’s a “cast of thousands”).  Check it out (probably, quite literally…”check it out” of the nearest research library that has the money to buy it).


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