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A Future for Archaeology
Robert Layton (Editor); Stephen Shennan (Editor); Peter Stone (Editor)
269 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Jan, 2006
Paperback (978-1-59874-337-1)
Hardback (978-1-59874-214-5)
  - University College London Institute of
    Archaeology Publications

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Over the last thirty years issues of culture, identity and meaning have moved out of the academic sphere to become central to politics and society at all levels from the local to the global.
"While the legacy of Peter Ucko is one we should celebrate, and the individual chapters are of interest in their own right, the book as a whole generally fails to live up to the promise of its title. It is not ultimately about the future of archaeology, nor about the design of such a future, but represents a review of its recent past as seen through the efforts of a particular individual. As a festschrift it serves its purpose well; and as a collection devoted to outlining the current status of a ‘world archaeology’ it offers much that is useful. It stands [ ] as an interesting collection of individual papers constructed around a convenient unifying theme — the life and work of a highly influential individual — and should therefore find itself on many a library shelf."

- Dr. John Carman, Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites

Archaeology has been at the forefront of these moves towards a greater engagement with the non-academic world, often in an extremely practical and direct way, for example in the disputes about the repatriation of human burials. Such disputes have been central to the recognition that previously marginalized groups have rights in their own past that are important for their future. The essays in this book look back at some of the most important events where a role for an archaeology concerned with the past in the present first emerged and look forward to the practical and theoretical issues now central to a socially engaged discipline and shaping its future. This book is published in honor of Professor Peter Ucko, who has played an unparalleled role in promoting awareness of the core issues in this volume among archaeologists.

This title is sponsored by Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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