Title New Life for Archaeological Collections
Author Rebecca Allen, Ben Ford
ISBN 9781496212955
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 450
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Nebraska Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“This volume is on the cutting edge of conversations about collections-based research. In addition to bringing increased awareness to an important issue in the field, the volume contains chapters that address different issues related to the use of existing collections. Authored by a wide array of professionals, the chapters consider the ethics and practicalities of making archaeological collections accessible, using them for research, and relating them to broader publics.”

—Lee Panich, associate professor of anthropology at Santa Clara University


“This is a timely subject of importance to the field. While collections-based research and outreach are not new, the growing discussion around the subject is new and has the potential to help others in their own work.”

—Julia King, professor of anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland


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.


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List of Maps 

List of Tables 

Introduction: Reclaiming the Research Potential of Archaeological Collections (Rebecca Allen, Ben Ford, and J. Ryan Kennedy)

Part 1. New Accessibility for Archaeological Collections

Chapter 1. Yes! You Can Have Access to That! Increasing and Promoting the Accessibility of Maryland’s Archaeological Collections (Rebecca J. Morehouse)

Chapter 2. The History and Revitalization of the California State Parks Archaeological Collections (Glenn J. Farris)

Chapter 3. A Million Ways to Teach Archaeology: The Hanna’s Town Collection (Ben Ford)

Chapter 4. The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery: A Case Study in Open Data and Collaboration in the Field of Archaeolog (Jillian E. Galle, Elizabeth Bollwerk, and Fraser D. Neiman)

Chapter 5. Integration and Accessibility: A Case Study of the Curles Neck (44HE388) Legacy Data (Barbara J. Heath, Mark A. Freeman, and Eric G. Schweickart)

Chapter 6. Balancing Access, Research, and Preservation: Conservation Concerns for Old Collections (Emily Williams and Katherine Ridgway)

Part 2. New Research with Archaeological Collections

Chapter 7. Reanalyzing, Reinterpreting, and Rediscovering the Appamattucks Community (D. Brad Hatch and Lauren K. McMillan)

Chapter 8. Dust and Bones: A Modern Analysis of Hanna’s Town Fauna (Stefanie M. Smith)

Chapter 9. Challenges and Opportunities with the Market Street Chinatown Collection, San Jose, California (J. Ryan Kennedy)

Chapter 10. Pictures Speak for Themselves: Case Studies Proving the Significance and Affordability of X Ray for Archaeological Collections (Kerry S. González and Michelle Salvato)

Chapter 11. From Ship to Kindling to Ship: The Digital Reconstruction of the Royal Savage Timber Assemblage (Jonathan Crise, Ben Ford, and George Schwarz)

Chapter 12. Reconstructing Site Provenience at Ouiatenon in Indian (Kelsey Noack Myers)

Part 3. New Futures for Archaeological Collections

Chapter 13. Integrating New Archaeology and Outreach into Existing Collections and Exhibits from the Cooper-Molera Adobe Complex, Monterey, California (Candace Ehringer and Rebecca Allen)

Chapter 14. Thinking outside the Hollinger Box: Getting National Park Service Archaeological Collections out of the Box and into the Public Eye (Alicia Paresi, Jessica Costello, Nicole Walsh, and Jennifer McCann)

Chapter 15. Artifacts of Outlander: Using Popular Culture to Promote Maryland’s Archaeological Collection (Sara Rivers Cofield and Caitlin Shaffer)

Chapter 16. Raising Interest with Archaeological Currency: Student Engagement with the Federal Reserve Bank Site Collection in Baltimore, Maryland  (Patricia Samford and Rachelle M. Green)

Chapter 17. Beyond the Shelf: Anthropological Collections at the University of Montana (C. Riley Augé, Michael Black Wolf, Emerson Bull Chief, Kelly J. Dixon, Virgil Edwards, Gerald Gray, Conrad Fisher, Teanna Limpy, Katie McDonald, Ira Matt, John Murray, Raymond “Abby” Ogle, Sadie Peone, Alvin Windy Boy, and Darrell “Curley” Youpee)

List of Contributors 


About the Editors:

Rebecca Allen is director of the Tribal Historic Preservation Department at the United Auburn Indian Community and copublications and journal associate editor for the Society for Historical Archaeology. She is coeditor of Ceramic Identification in Historical Archaeology: The View from California, 1822–1940 and Baffle Marks and Pontil Scars: A Reader on Historic Bottle Identification.

Ben Ford is a professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is the coeditor, with Alexis Catsambis and Donny Hamilton, of The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology.

Target Audience:

People interested in archaeological science.

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