IoA History of Archaeology Network Seminars
Tues 26 April 2016, 5.15-6.15 pm, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Artefacts of Excavation (Alice Stevenson & Emma Libonati, Petrie Museum)
Artefacts of Excavation is a three-year AHRC funded project investigating the international distribution of finds from British excavations in Egypt from 1880 onwards. This talk will explore the question of how smaller antiquities and archaeological finds became recognised as objects worthy of collection in the UK, how they became a focus for archaeological inference in the late 19th century and the factors that led to a drastic shift in attitudes to the value of these finds fifty years later.
Friday 20 May 2016, 5.15-6.15 pm, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Egyptology in the Digital Age (Chris Naunton, Egypt Exploration Society)
For Egyptologists, other than the physical remnants of Egypt’s past, information is our main resource. There is now more information available, many more ways in which it can be consumed, and most of it is more cheaply and conveniently accessed by a greater number of people than ever before.
Egyptologists are ‘content providers’, and the advent of the digital age has transformed the ways in which information is communicated. This has presented numerous opportunities and new possibilities for everyone. It also presents numerous challenges, however.
Getting our message ‘out there’ is easier, but also harder than it was before. Information can be more quickly and easily shared than ever before, but the competition to be heard has intensified as everyone else has taken advantage of the new possibilities.
Digital offers new options, but increasingly, as the world moves towards doing everything online, the older, more traditional ways of sharing information are becoming less and viable; where originally there might have been a choice to be made, that is often no longer the case and so we are being forced into changing. Individuals and institutions are having to reconsider long established ways of doing things, fundamentally challenging the validity and sustainability of their work.
With, as you might expect, particular reference to Egyptology and specifically the Egypt Exploration Society, this talk will consider:
The economics of acquiring, sharing and consuming information
Types of content, format, voice and the popular vs the scientific / accessible vs in-depth / style vs substance
Free access and intellectual property
The moral obligation to publish vs what is practical