Ancient Muses: Archaeology and the Arts by John E. Jameson Jr., John E. Ehrenhard and Christine A. Finn

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Ancient Muses: Archaeology and the Arts by John E. Jameson Jr., John E. Ehrenhard and Christine A. Finn

8vo. pp. xii, 247. 12 pages of colour illustrations. b/w text illustrations. CD in rear pocket. index. paperback. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, [2003].


ISBN-10: 0817312749 / ISBN-13: ‎ 9780817312749 


Examines how information derived from archaeological investigations can be presented artistically to educate the general public

Known widely in Europe as "interpretive narrative archaeology," the practice of using creative methods to interpret and present current knowledge of the past is gaining popularity in North America. This book is the first compilation of international case studies of the various artistic methods used in this new form of education-one that makes archaeology "come alive" for the nonprofessional. Plays, opera, visual art, stories, poetry, performance dance, music, sculpture, digital imagery-all can effectively communicate archaeological processes and cultural values to public audiences.
The contributors to this volume are a diverse group of archaeologists, educators, and artisans who have direct experience in schools, museums, and at archaeological sites. Citing specific examples, such as the film The English Patient, science fiction mysteries, and hypertext environments, they explain how creative imagination and the power of visual and audio media can personalize, contextualize, and demystify the research process. A 16-page color section illuminates their examples, and an accompanying CD includes relevant videos, music, web sites, and additional color images.

David G. Anderson / Kristen Brett / Mary R. Bullard / Emily J. Donald / John E. Ehrenhard / Christine A. Finn / Lance M. Foster / James G. Gibb / Margaret A. Heath / John H. Jameson Jr. / Sharyn Kane / Richard Keeton / Nicola Laneri / Jeanne Lopiparo / David Middlebrook / Harold Mytum / Sarah M. Nelson / David Orr / Martin Pate/ Claire Smith