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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Collective Re-Excavation and Lost Media from the Last Century of British Prehistoric Studies
Author(s): Wexler, Jennifer
Bevan, Andrew
Bonacchi, Chiara
Keinan-Schoonbaert, Adi
Pett, Daniel
Wilkin, Neil
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2015
Date Deposited: 21-Jul-2018
Citation: Wexler J, Bevan A, Bonacchi C, Keinan-Schoonbaert A, Pett D & Wilkin N (2015) Collective Re-Excavation and Lost Media from the Last Century of British Prehistoric Studies. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2 (1), pp. 126-142.
Abstract: There are thousands of forgotten archaeological archives hidden away in repositories all over the world, lost worlds where many scholars have toiled away for years, trying to record every detail and bit of information available about rare and precious archaeological objects in an attempt to bring order and understanding to an almost incomprehensible past. This paper discusses how these archives can be approached through Huhtamo's definition of media archaeology as a 'historically-attuned enterprise' that involves 'excavating forgotten media-cultural phenomena', focusing on the MicroPasts digitization project. It is shown that greater utilization of digital media simply changes and extends the terms of engagement, accessibility, and flow of information from antiquated archaeological archives to the community and back again.
DOI Link: 10.1558/jca.v2i1.27124
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, Vol 2, No 1 (2015), pp..126-142 by Equinox Publishing. The original publication is available at:

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