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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), pp. 221-237. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2007.00148.x).

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Abstract

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

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e-pub ahead of print date: 10 April 2007
Published date: September 2007
Keywords: heritage management, professionalisation, the ‘archaeological record’, ethics, multiple pasts, alternative archaeologies
Organisations: Faculty of Humanities

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Local EPrints ID: 163955
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163955
ISSN: 1057-2414
PURE UUID: 74c5a925-a47b-4d66-ae9e-0d8989b07749

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Date deposited: 18 Nov 2011 14:16
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:30

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