The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

53. How do artifacts end up In museums?

The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Helen Dixon
University of Helsinki

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Each artefact you see in a museum has had a complicated journey from creation to deposition and from rediscovery to the museum case (or storage room). Together, all the chapters of this story might be called the object’s biography. The most recent chapter of a museum object’s biography—how that object ended up in a museum—can range from straightforward to extremely convoluted and ethically complex. This essay will briefly discuss the four categories of acquisition that will in general encompass the particularities of any individual object’s story: (a) purchase, (b) gift, (c) sponsoring an archaeological excavation, or (d) loan.

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Dixon, Helen. 53. How do artifacts end up In museums?. The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 226-230 Sep 2016. ISBN 9781781792421. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27902. Date accessed: 19 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27902. Sep 2016

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