Pinning Down the Past

Pinning Down the Past : Archaeology, Heritage, and Education Today

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In a relatively short period of time the study of archaeology has evolved from an antiquarian interest to a specialised scientific activity. As each new method and technique is developed, and each new specialism is created, the challenge of making archaeology available as a learning resource grows with it.
This book, the first to deal with the subject in such depth, examines the place of education and outreach within the wider archaeological community. Written by one of the UK's leading experts in the field, it charts the difficult development of 'education and archaeology'. With numerous informative case studies, from public access to the Roman circus at Colchester to education projects in Athens at Hadrian's Wall, among others, the book examines how the teaching of archaeology has reached the point at which it is today, summarises where that is in the author's view, and suggests areas for further enquiry. By drawing upon many decades of experience at the front line of archaeological education, the author has produced a key text that will play a major role in the continuing development of the heritage industry.


MIKE CORBISHLEY lectures in heritage education at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 22.61mm | 997.9g
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 2 Line drawings, black and white; 73 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1843839040
  • 9781843839040
  • 1,297,706

Table of contents

Introduction: Making Connections
Accessing the Past
Archaeology and the Media
The Development of Archaeology and Education
Archaeology in School Curricula: a World View
Learning Resources for Archaeology and History
Archaeology across the Curriculum
Archaeologists as Detectives
Learning Outdoors
Learning from Objects
Recycling Past and Present
Citizenship and the Historic Environment
Conclusions: Celebrating Archaeology in Education
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Comprehensive and good value for money, this volume maps the extent of the relationship between archaeology, heritage, and education; an undertaking that has, to this reviewer's knowledge, never been done before. HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT

The strength of Corbishley's book is the detailed use of case studies for each chapter. AUSTRALIAN ARCHAEOLOGY

Fascinating and enlivening [...] for its studied and humanistic engagement in how civil society can be furthered and horizons widened through the use of archaeology. [A] gem of a book. RESCUE NEWS

Shows how participation in archaeology and heritage can be effectively developed. CONTEXT

Stimulates us to compare and contrast, to think critically and explicitly about the various intentions and outcomes of museum or site interpretations, efforts at explaining excavations, or how we deal with hard-to-motivate audiences. There is much to plunder here, and in the sources signposted through the bibliography. BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY
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About Mike Corbishley

Lecturer in Heritage Education, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
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