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Curation as Public Scholarship

Museum Archaeology in a Seventeenth-Century Shipwreck Exhibit

Sarah A. Buchanan

Herbert E. Bolton in 1914, the Texas Memorial Museum hired geologist Glenn Evans to investigate a site along Garcitas Creek owned by Claude Keeran, given the Smithsonian Trinomial 41VT4 in 1950 ( Texas Beyond History 2009 ). In 1973, archaeologist Kathleen

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Lourdes Prados Torreira

Archaeological museums in the twenty-first century carry a clear responsibility toward society today. They necessarily aspire to becoming open spaces in which the many different social groups that make up our citizenship are represented. These must

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Integrating Research and Collections Management

The Ho‘omaka Hou Research Initiative at the Bishop Museum

Mara A. Mulrooney, Charmaine Wong, Kelley Esh, Scott Belluomini, and Mark D. McCoy

Museums throughout the world house invaluable collections of cultural and natural heritage, and recent efforts to unlock the potential of existing museum collections are manifest in various ways (King, this volume). One of these is the use of

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Tlingit Repatriation in Museums

Ceremonies of Sovereignty

Aldona Jonaitis

In 1997, Mark Jacobs Jr., the leader of the Tlingit Angoon Dakl’aweidí clan, stood in a hall at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DNMS), proudly wearing the Killer Whale Clan Hat, which was being repatriated to his clan. 1 In proper Tlingit

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Analyzing Museum Collections in Scandinavia

New Insights in Revised Modernity and Its Implications on Archaeological Material

Niklas Ytterberg

. One part comprises the universities, which are predominantly theoretical. Another part consists of the museums, which mainly manage the collections but also do some research, although to varying extents. Somewhere in between we find the excavating

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Engaging Dialogues

Reframing Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum

Silvia Forni

Michel Foucault (1972 , 1986 ) argued that Western museums, like other cultural institutions, are spaces that operate beyond time and space. They function as “heterotopias,” where the vestiges of time are accumulated and simultaneously removed from

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“The Changing of the Guards”?

British Prehistoric Collections and Archaeology in the Museums of the Future

Catherine. J. Frieman and Neil Wilkin

Changing Functions and Audiences for Archaeological Collections European public museums, as developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, have long acted as curiosity cabinets: showcases for wonderful, mysterious, and often eye

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Conjunctures and Convergences

Remaking the World Cultures Displays at the National Museum of Scotland

Henrietta Lidchi

What should the mandate of prominent national museums be in today’s globalized world? Whether conceptualized as artifacts, processes, or transcultural nodes, museums worldwide are the cumulative expression of curatorial and directorial

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Unpacking the Museum Register

Institutional Memories of the Potlatch Collection Repatriation

Emma Knight

, rattles, whistles, and coppers, were confiscated from the Cape Mudge Weḵa’yi, Village Island Mamalilikulla, and Alert Bay ’Na̱mǥis. 1 The collection was intended for the Victoria Memorial Museum—now the Canadian Museum of History (CMH)—in Ottawa; however

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Mark Thurner

Museums everywhere now display fragments of their own past displays, often in the form of ancestral cabinets presented as autobiographical introductions. What is the meaning of this introspective and retrospective “return to curiosity” in museography? Reconnoitering a fistful of iconic museums in and around London and Madrid, I suggest that the all-encompassing metatrope of curiosity begs a deeper question: What is the museum a museum of?