Ancient Muses: Archaeology and the Arts John Jameson

ISBN: 9780817312749

Published: May 6th 2003

Paperback

250 pages


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Ancient Muses: Archaeology and the Arts  by  John Jameson

Ancient Muses: Archaeology and the Arts by John Jameson
May 6th 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 250 pages | ISBN: 9780817312749 | 4.61 Mb

Known widely in Europe as interpretive narrative archaeology, the practice of using creative methods to interpret and present current knowledge of the past is gaining popularity in North America. This book is the first compilation of internationalMoreKnown widely in Europe as interpretive narrative archaeology, the practice of using creative methods to interpret and present current knowledge of the past is gaining popularity in North America. This book is the first compilation of international case studies of the various artistic methods used in this new form of educationall can effectively communicate archaeological processes and cultural values to public audiences.

The 23 contributors to this volume are a diverse group of archaeologists, educators, and artisans who have direct experience in schools, museums, and at archaeological sites. Citing specific examples, such as the film The English Patient, science fiction mysteries, and hypertext environments, they explain how creative imagination and the power of visual and audio media can personalize, contextualize, and demystify the research process.

A 16-page color section illuminates their examples, and an accompanying CD includes relevant videos, music, web sites, and additional color images. In their Introduction, the editors invoke the ancient muses to inspire the modern presenters and interpreters of archaeological research. They aptly quote George Santayana, from his poem The Power of Art:. . . may our hands immortalize the dayWhen life was sweet, and save from utter deathThe sacred past that should not pass away. John H. Jameson Jr. is an archaeologist and John E.

Ehrenhard is Director at the National Park Services Southeast Archeological Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Christine A. Finn is research associate at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford in England.



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