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UNP-SHA Publication and Creator Perspective

September 8, 2021
Submitted by Mary L. Maniery

PAR Environmental Companies, Inc., President
SHA Co-Publications Affiliate

In March 2018, the SHA started a weblog for the Society webpage to focus on our collaboration with numerous presses, together with volumes printed in collaboration with the College of Nebraska Press, Omaha (UNP).  The co-publication program expands our membership’s publication alternatives.  UNP is providing SHA members this publication for $48.00 (usually $80.00), a suggestion legitimate by December of 2021.  Make sure you use low cost code 6AF21 when ordering!

If you’re concerned with contributing a joint UNP-SHA printed quantity, please contact SHA’s Co-Publications Editor, Benjamin Ford (


New Life for Archaeological Collections (2019)
Rebecca Allen and Ben Ford, editors
Variety of pages: 450; 30 figures; 6 maps, 14 tables, index
College of Nebraska Press, Omaha

Society for Historic Archaeology Sequence in Materials Tradition Sequence

New Life for Archaeological Collections explores options to what archaeologists are calling the “curation disaster,” that’s, an excessive amount of stuff with too little analysis, evaluation, and public interpretation. This quantity demonstrates how archaeologists are taking each massive and small steps towards not solely fixing the dilemma of storage however recognizing the worth of those collections by inventorying and cataloging, curation, rehousing, artifact conservation, volunteer and scholar efforts, and public displays.

Essays on this quantity spotlight new questions and modern makes use of for present archaeological collections. Rebecca Allen and Ben Ford advance methods to make the analysis and documentation of those collections extra accessible to these inside and out of doors of the scholarly self-discipline of archaeology. Contributors to New Life for Archaeological Collections introduce readers to their analysis whereas opening new views for scientists and college students alike to discover the world of archaeology. These essays illuminate new connections between cultural research and the final availability of archaeological analysis and knowledge.  Drawing from the expertise of college professors, authorities company professionals, and cultural useful resource managers, this quantity represents a singular commentary on schooling, analysis, and the archaeological neighborhood.


MM: What are a few of your motivations for writing/spearheading this guide?

RA/BF:  We organized New Life for Archaeological Collections in recognition of the elevated quantity of historic archaeological work being carried out with legacy collections, and collections that lack accompanying studies. That is essential work as a result of it fulfills our moral obligations to protect and steward the archaeological document.  Learning or restudying a group is preservation in that the research just isn’t disturbing an archaeological website, leaving that website for future archaeologists with completely different questions and higher strategies. It’s stewarding within the sense that we’re wringing as a lot info as attainable from archaeological sources and contributing to the data of a website and respective descendant communities. As archaeologists curate collections for future analysis, partaking with these collections fulfills the promise of archaeological data, and teaches archaeologists to turn out to be higher at how they analysis, excavate, have interaction with the neighborhood, and curate sooner or later.  

MM:  Who would you wish to learn this guide? Who’s your viewers?

RA/BF:  New Life for Archaeological Collections is for any archaeologist with an open thoughts about utilizing collections. For college kids or those that haven’t considered utilizing an present assortment for his or her analysis, this guide supplies many good examples of analysis questions and approaches which were fruitful, in addition to warnings of the attainable pitfalls and frustrations. For archaeologists already utilizing present collections of their analysis, there are a number of examples that may assist inform their observe. There’s loads of room for progress in collections-based analysis. This guide doesn’t declare to be the ultimate phrase on utilizing present and legacy collections, however we hope that it’s a dialog starter.

MM:  Now that you’ve got printed this guide, what sorts of issues are you dreaming up subsequent? What’s within the works?

RA/BF:  Hopefully we’ll work collectively on a future undertaking. We had lots of enjoyable doing this guide and located that bringing our completely different views, experiences, and networks to bear on this subject made for a stronger guide. Within the meantime, Rebecca is working with descendant Native American communities who might not need to curate artifact collections, however do need to go away cultural data, knowledge, photographs, and oral histories for future research and future generations. Ben simply printed an underwater archaeology textbook with Jessi Halligan and Alexis Catsambis – Our Blue Planet (Oxford College Press). His subsequent undertaking is to tug collectively the Hanna’s City legacy assortment and use the teachings realized from New Life for Archaeological Assortment to essentially make it sing.  


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