How do different publics receive and transform archaeologists’ stories? Archaeologistsfrequently – and often disappointingly – realise that their academic results are heavily “misunderstood” and transformed when their stories enter public discourse, even if they themselves have simplified their stories before handing them over to the visitor, listener or reader.
The eleven authors of this book regard such public receptions of archaeological narratives as productive transformations in their own right and reject an old fashioned notion of academic knowledge versus the misunderstood and deteriorated narratives of “the villagers”. The paternalistic guidance of the public towards the academically sanctioned truth, as endorsed by modernity, has meant that these appropriations have consistently been disregarded and deemed useless. However, if we view such public transformations of archaeological knowledge as attempts to make archaeologists’ results meaningful outside the academic sphere, they become vital for archaeologists to understand their own place in wider society. More specifically, such analysis of what is received on different levels and how archaeological narratives are transformed, will enhance archaeologists’ ability to meet requirements of different publics and relate to their preconceptions of both archaeologists and objects.
Programs of the Round Table in The Hague 2010 and the sessions in Oslo 2011 and Helsinki 2012
ELISABETH NIKLASSON – THOMAS MEIER
Appropriate narratives – an introduction
The nature of narratives
A visit to the Motel of the Mysteries:
Stories and storytelling in archaeology
Archaeology as European Added Value
Archaeological nature writing in the making of past landscapes –
an ecocritical approach to prehistoric wilderness in Finnish archaeology
The stakeholders of narratives
MICHAEL A. CREMO
A report from a person who appropriates archaeologists’ narratives for the public
“Selecting what is important for the reader”:
About appropriations and transformations of archaeology in the mass media
Archaeology and identity in a Bavarian village –
academic and local histories
Neopaganism, archaeological content and the belief in “Celts”
Greece – for example ...
The Acropolis of Athens as imaginary neighbour in the local ‘homeland’
Public versus professional perceptions of an invisible heritage:
A Greek case study
It’s the fort that counts, Cultural marginalisation and alternative monumentality in a Greek community
The dangers of narratives
Disarmed post-socialist archaeologies?
Social attitudes to interpreting the past –
an interim report from Hungary
About the authors
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