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Update-March 2010

March 4, 2010

HARN has been active in the last month!

On February 12th we had our second meeting of this academic year. Abstracts from papers presented can be seen in the Conference Papers section of the website.

In response to growing interest in HARN, we have decided to expand membership eligibility beyond graduate and postdoctoral students to include a broader spectrum of researchers interested in the History of Archaeology. The executive will, however, still be composed of graduate and postdoctoral students.

Look for some new member biographies going up in the next few weeks!

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  1. Giovanna Vitelli permalink
    November 30, 2010 11:31 pm

    Hello All, as a fellow member I’d like to post a request. For the upcoming SHA meetings in Jan 2011, a team of us have taken it upon ourselves to propose some ways forward to come to grips with the curation crisis affecting archaeological collections from either recent excavations, or for antiquarian and less recent collections currently being housed in repositories – a situation to be found pretty much in every country with an active arch programme. Small ambition?! we are laying the groundwork for a working session at the SHAs, influenced by current output from the AAF in the UK; SHA, SAA and AAA in the US; and Canadian insitutions in Quebec in particular. The big issue going forward is determining how to asssess the significance/value of existing collections in order to select out and dispose of percentages of assemblages, to conform to financial pressures on repositories. Yes, deaccessioning. Setting aside all the thorny issues contained therein (for the moment) I would appreciate hearing from the HARN membership the kinds of questions one should ask about the nature of antiquarian or old arch collections in order to assess their potential to contribute to research or outreach (e.g. context? documentation? historiographical significance? integrity? condition? importance of site in development of [ ]narratives?). We would rather produce some attempt at a transparent, defensible and replicatable decision-making process than continue to see archaeological material being disposed of without having been evaluated. Antiquarian collections are a subject in their own right, however, so look forward to your suggestions. As to the big picture….come to SHA, or stay tuned!
    Many thanks,
    Giovanna Vitelli (Université Laval, Quebec)

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