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Turning Inwards: Collections-Driven Research and the Vitality of the Discipline

Author(s): Mark Warner

Year: 2014

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Popular perceptions of archaeology is that the money and the recognition goes to field work, and lip service is paid to the collections that result. This paper explores the potential ramifications for historical archaeology by not confronting the unique circumstances of managing and working with historical collections. Collections-driven research is a crucial part of establishing a ethically-defensible position regarding collections management. Put simply turning inwards to explore the vast research potential of the millions of artifacts already on our shelves is essential to the continued well-being of historical archaeology

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Turning Inwards: Collections-Driven Research and the Vitality of the Discipline. Mark Warner. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437323)

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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