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Archaeologists in Print

Publishing for the People

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.

312 pages | 22 illustrations | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2018

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"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."

LSE Review of Books

"a refreshing new perspective on the history of archaeology and how it reached the public"

Times Higher Education

"Offers readers a critical insight."

The British Society for Literature and Science

"Unique. . . . examination of underexplored area[s] of. . . . archaeology."

American Journal of Archaeology

Table of Contents

"1. Scripting Spadework
2. Defining the Archaeologist
3. The Women Who Did
4. Marketing the Archaeologist
5. Scripting and Selling Archaeology
6. John Murray
7. Macmillan & Co
8. Penguin
9. Archaeological Fictions
10. Epilogue
Appendix: Archaeologist- Authors "

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