Rigorous reasoning, reflexive research and the space for ‘alternative archaeologies’. Questions for maritime archaeological heritage management


Ransley, Jesse (2007) Rigorous reasoning, reflexive research and the space for ‘alternative archaeologies’. Questions for maritime archaeological heritage management. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 36, (2), 221-237. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2007.00148.x).

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As England's heritage policy is shaped around us, it is vital that there is debate, and some consensus, among the maritime archaeological community on core management questions. These include approaches to degrading underwater sites, how to deal with shipwrecks threatened by development, and crucially, who should be driving these decisions. This paper argues that there is a need for self-critical analysis of the meaning of ‘heritage’. It problematises the notion of professional archaeologists as ‘guardians of the archaeological record’ and the conception of ‘heritage’ formed without reference to ideas of the past being a product of the present and, therefore, the potential for the production of multiple pasts

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1057-2414 (print)
1095-9270 (electronic)
Keywords: heritage management, professionalisation, the ‘archaeological record’, ethics, multiple pasts, alternative archaeologies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Faculty of Humanities
ePrint ID: 163955
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 14:16
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 14:40
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163955

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