The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

Photographing the Dead: Images in Public Mortuary Archaeology

The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

Chiara Bolchini [+-]
University of Groningen (MA student)
Chiara Bolchini graduated with an Archaeology degree from the University of Chester in 2016 before pursuing an MA in Prehistory and Proto-history of Northwest Europe at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

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This chapter explores the visual use of human remains within popular archaeological magazines. Despite the abundant debates on issues such as the disinterment, treatment and presentation of human remains to the public, the widespread use of photographs of the dead within archaeological publications aimed at broad audiences still remains uninvestigated. Photographs can be a powerful tool and they can be used for several purposes, causing different reactions in the reader. They can have educational and scientific purposes and they can fascinate or have a disturbing effect on the public. This paper will explore the presence and use of photographs of human remains in two year-long samples of two archaeological magazines: Current Archaeology and Current World Archaeology.

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Bolchini, Chiara. Photographing the Dead: Images in Public Mortuary Archaeology. The Public Archaeology of Death. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 85-94 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781795934. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34666. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34666. Jan 2019

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