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The Business of Heritage

Global Archaeology and International Consultancy

Editor(s): Darran Jordan

Book Description

Throughout the world, consultant archaeologists are at work on heritage assessments covering a broad range of fields, subjects, techniques, locations and connections. Due to government legislations to protect heritage, an industry has developed where archaeology is inextricably linked to business. The result is the production of a vast amount of material not widely seen, with the result of the heritage work often remaining unpublished. This collection of papers examines how heritage is undertaken as a business, and what this means for the ongoing protection of the past and development of archaeological knowledge. The international connections of a global business structure present an opportunity to approach heritage and archaeological studies with a global ‘one world’ view, parallel with the corporate approach practiced by an international company. This volume collects papers by archaeologists and heritage specialists from around the globe, providing insights into the intentions, processes and outcomes of an international heritage consultancy in operation. From managing heritage structures associated with space exploration at the NASA Ames Research Center, to protecting Roman archaeology in North Yorkshire, and from an industrial landscape in Cornwall to a palimpsest of Aboriginal artefacts in Australia, this book contextualises international consultancy within a broader milieu of archaeological study and documents the way in which an international business contributes to the development of academic knowledge on a world scale.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-5053-7
ISBN-10: 1-5275-5053-2
Date of Publication: 01/08/2020
Pages / Size: 231 / A5
Price: £61.99


Dr Darran Jordan has undertaken work as a consultant archaeologist since 2006, working in both Indigenous and historical archaeology throughout the many states and multiple legislative frameworks of Australia. He was awarded a PhD in Archaeology by the University of Sydney, Australia, in 2012, for a thesis based on research undertaken in Cambodia as part of the Greater Angkor Project. He has since presented papers at conferences and symposia both nationally and internationally. In 2016, his paper “Archaeology and the Supermen” on representations of archaeology in comic books was published in the collection That Was Then, This Is Now: Contemporary Archaeology and Material Cultures in Australia. He also co-edited Defining the Fringe of Contemporary Australian Archaeology: Pyramidiots, Paranoia and the Paranormal. In addition to his work as an archaeologist and on other non-fiction projects, he writes works of fiction, which have been published in various forms, including comic books, short stories, short films and audio plays, and is the current editor of the science fiction magazine Data Extract.