Heritage under Pressure examines the relationship between the political perspective of the UK government on 'soft power' and the globalising effect of projects carried out by archaeologists and heritage professionals working in the historic environment. It exemplifies the nature of professional engagement and the role of the profession in working towards a theory of practice based on the integrity of data, the recovery and communication of information, and the application of data in real world situations. Individual papers raise complex and challenging issues, such as commemoration, identity, and political intervention.
A further aim of the volume is to illustrate the role of professionals adhering to standards forged in the UK, in the context of world heritage under pressure. Papers also contribute to the emerging agenda developing as a result of the re-orientation of the UK following the Brexit vote, at once emphasising the global aspiration of the Uk's professional archaeological body - the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists - in relation to the global reach of UK academic practice. By implication the volume also addresses the relationship between professional practice and academic endeavour. The volume as a whole contributes to the emerging debate on the authorised heritage discourse and provides an agenda for the future of the profession.
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
...positions a collection of important case studies in the framework of a profession that is alert to the spectrum of today's human and natural threats, and institutionally placed to support its members in the pursuit of solutions. * Context *
A particular strength of this collection is its wide range of current projects and case studies. [...they] showcase valuable practical aspects that can potentially inspire future methods and practices. * Archaeological Journal *
The editors are to be congratulated in assembling a handsome and wide-ranging volume in such a short time. [...] The papers are well-written and illustrated with fine colour photographs. As a book to dip into it is very worthwhile. * CiFA *