Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781787352582 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781787352599 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only

Archaeologists in Print

Publishing for the People

Amara Thornton

Archaeologists in Print

Amara Thornton

Distributed for UCL Press

312 pages | 22 illustrations | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2018
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781787352582 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781787352599 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only
Archaeologists in Print is a history of popular publishing in archaeology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a pivotal period of expansion and development in both archaeology and publishing. It examines how British archaeologists produced books and popular periodical articles for a nonscholarly audience and explores the rise in archaeologists’ public visibility. Notably, it analyzes women’s experiences in archaeology alongside better-known male contemporaries as shown in their books and archives. In the background of this narrative is the history of Britain’s imperial expansion and contraction, and the evolution of modern tourism in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Archaeologists exploited these factors to gain public and financial support and interest, and build and maintain a reading public for their work, supported by the seasonal nature of excavation and tourism. Reinforcing these publishing activities through personal appearances in the lecture hall, exhibition space and site tour, and in new media—film, radio and television—archaeologists shaped public understanding of archaeology.

The image of the archaeologist as adventurous explorer of foreign lands, part spy, part foreigner, eternally alluring, solidified during this period. That legacy continues, undimmed, today.
Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books
"Thornton has provided a highly readable and detailed exploration of the institutional networks of archaeological knowledge production at the turn of the century. Despite its regional and temporal specificity, Archaeologists in Print will appeal to a cross-disciplinary readership as both a pedagogical tool and research aid. The author’s exceptionally clear and cogent writing style makes for a highly digestible teaching tool at undergraduate and graduate level. Moreover, Thornton’s careful analysis of the intertwined issues of empire, tourism, science and publishing will be of interest to those conducting research within and across these fields of inquiry."
Times Higher Education
"a refreshing new perspective on the history of archaeology and how it reached the public"
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