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A Very Remote Storage Box Indeed: The Importance of Doing Archaeology with Old Museum Collections

Frieman, Catherine; Janz, Lisa


Although our practice has come to be defined by a focus on excavation as the trademark of archaeological research, research on archaeological collections lies at the scientific heart of the discipline. We demonstrate through two very different case studies how a return to primary sources (in this case, boxes of artifacts) can upend our understanding of the objects themselves and create new narratives of social and technological change. At the same time, access to museum collections is becoming...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Field Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/00934690.2018.1458527


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