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Curating Archaeological Collections


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Part 1 Series Editors' Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 1 Introduction Part 4 2 A Brief History of Archaeological Curation in the United States Chapter 5 The Museum Era of Archaeology: Nineteenth Century to the 1930s / Early Federal Archaeology Programs: 1930s and 1940s / The Postwar Construction Boom and the "New Archaeology": 1945 to 1970 / Making versus Caring for Collections: The 1970s and Beyond / Part 6 3 The Current Status of Archaeological Collections Chapter 7 Federal Legislation and Policy / Key Elements of the Curation Crisis / The Bright Side Part 8 4 Repositories: What Are They, and What Do They Do? Chapter 9 Kinds of Repositories / What a Repository Does and Why / Responsibilities and Training of Repository Staff / Conclusion Part 10 5 Managing Curated Collections: The Basics Chapter 11 Acquistions Policies and Practices / Accessioning / Cataloging / Collections Preparation: Labeling and Conservation / Storage / Inventory Control and Data Management / Deaccessioning / Public Access and Use / Conclusion Part 12 6 Making a Collection: Fieldwork Practices and Curation Considerations Chapter 13 Before the Field: Project Design / In the Field: Sampling and Conservation / In the Laboratory: Applying the Sampling Strategy and More Conservation / In Your Office after the Field Project: Records Management / Conclusion Part 14 7 Working with a Repository Chapter 15 Arranging for Long-term Curation / Using Curated Collections / Conclusion

About the Author

Lynne P. Sullivan is curator of archaeology at the Frank H. McClung Museum and research associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. S. Terry Childs is an archaeologist in the Archeology and Ethnography Program of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.


Curating Archaeological Collections is not a comprehensive handbook for conservation of Attic vases or Andean textiles, but it is a timely and useful summary of "best practices" for repositories. And that's what we need. Curating Archaeological Collections also offers a reasoned, but forceful call for resolution of the curation crisis. This book belongs on the shelves of every U.S. museum with archaeological collections, and on the reading list of every curator and collection manager who deal with those collections. And the reading lists of Federal and State agencies which oversee the care of old collections and production of new collections. * Museum Anthropology *
Curating Archaeological Collections, by Lynne P. Sullivan and S. Terry Childs, fills a conspicuous gap in training for students, archeologists, and agencies that manage collections. * Common Ground *
This volume, part of a new series designed to provide practical information to students and people studying archaeology, highlights the importance of considering curatorial issues early on in the design of archaeological projects. * Oxbow Book News, Vol. 57, Autumn 2003 *

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