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Global Perspectives on British Archaeology: ‘engaging with East Anglian archaeology through a Japanese lens’

Author(s): Sam Nixon ; Simon Kaner

Year: 2016

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This presentation introduces a project providing a new examination of the relationships between local, national and global archaeologies, Global Perspectives on British Archaeology. World Archaeology is a hugely active field of research for British archaeological institutions, with sustained field programs worldwide. In contrast, research on British archaeology sees little involvement of non-British research institutions. Within an increasingly globalised world of education and research, there appears a pressing need to engage the national archaeological agenda as fully as possible with developing global currents. Indeed, a necessary component of the pursuit of World Archaeology is surely a World/Global Perspective on our own archaeology. Our project is working in close collaboration with heritage authorities in the archaeologically-rich region of East Anglia to develop collaborative research programs with archaeological institutions from outside the UK. Building on long-standing links, this is being developed in association with Japanese archaeologists. The key questions being investigated are as follows: What role does British archaeological heritage have beyond our borders?; How is it perceived and presented, and what is its impact within global educational and economic arenas?; How is the perception of the past amongst British communities informed by or reconceived through engagement with international perspectives on the past?

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Global Perspectives on British Archaeology: ‘engaging with East Anglian archaeology through a Japanese lens’. Sam Nixon, Simon Kaner. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405176)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America