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Archaeology and the Media

ISBN-10: 1598742345
ISBN-13: 9781598742343
Edition: 2007
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Description: The public_s fascination with archaeology has meant that archaeologists have had to deal with media more regularly than other scholarly disciplines. How archaeologists communicate their research to the public through the media and how the media view  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 323
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

The public_s fascination with archaeology has meant that archaeologists have had to deal with media more regularly than other scholarly disciplines. How archaeologists communicate their research to the public through the media and how the media view archaeologists has become an important feature in the contemporary world of academic and professional archaeologists. In this volume, a group of archaeologists, many with media backgrounds, address the wide range of questions in this intersection of fields. An array of media forms are covered including television, film, photography, the popular press, art, video games, radio and digital media with a focus on the overriding question: What are the long-term implications of the increasing exposure through and reliance upon media forms for archaeology in the contemporary world? The volume will be of interest to archaeologists and those teaching public archaeology courses.

Timothy Clack is Lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Oxford, UK and Director of Studies in the subject at Christ Church and St. Peter’s Colleges. He moved to Oxford after holding several teaching positions and completing a Ph.D. in Archaeology at the University of Manchester. Amidst his various teaching commitments, he has conducted archaeological, anthropological and primatological research throughout Africa, Europe, and South East Asia. He has authored numerous books, scientific papers, and magazine articles covering a wide range of subjects from human evolution and human-animal relations to religious experience and the popular media. Outside of academia he is also a director of Redemics a corporate responsibility consultancy. In his spare time he enjoys being immersed in the British countryside pursuing his interests of hiking and photography.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Archaeology and the Media
Archaeology's Reception of the Media
An Archaeological Fashion Show: How Archaeologists Dress and How they are Portrayed in the Media
Not Archaeology and the Media
Translating Archaeological Narratives
A Short History of Archaeological Communication
In the Camera's Lens: An Interview with Brian Fagan and Francis Pryor
Darkness Disseminated: Lennart Larsen's Images as Photojournalism, Pop Archaeology, and Works of Art
Has the Media Changed Archaeology?
Archaeology and the German Press
Great War, Great Story: A Personal View of Media and Great War Archaeology
Visual Archaeology
Screening Biases: Archaeology, Television, and the Banal
'Worldwonders' and 'Wonderworlds': A Festival of Archaeological Film
Faking It: Why the Truth is so Important for TV Archaeology
The Iconography of Exhumation: Representations of Mass Graves from the Spanish Civil War
Archaeology, the Media, and the Digital Future
The Past as Playground: The Ancient World in Video Game Representation
Politics of Archaeological Leadership
References
Index
About the Editors and Contributors

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