Heritage Under Pressure – Threats and Solution: Studies of Agency and Soft Power in the Historic Environment [Paperback]

Michael Dawson(Editor); Edward James(Editor); Mike Nevell(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789252460 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 336p, H9.44 x W6.7, 124 images
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Heritage Under Pressure – Threats and Solution


Heritage under Pressure examines the relationship between the political perspective of the UK government on 'soft power' and the globalising effect of projects carried out by archaeologists and heritage professionals working in the historic environment. It exemplifies the nature of professional engagement and the role of the profession in working towards a theory of practice based on the integrity of data, the recovery and communication of information, and the application of data in real world situations. Individual papers raise complex and challenging issues, such as commemoration, identity, and political intervention.

A further aim of the volume is to illustrate the role of professionals adhering to standards forged in the UK, in the context of world heritage under pressure. Papers also contribute to the emerging agenda developing as a result of the re-orientation of the UK following the Brexit vote, at once emphasising the global aspiration of the Uk’s professional archaeological body – the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists – in relation to the global reach of UK academic practice. By implication the volume also addresses the relationship between professional practice and academic endeavour. The volume as a whole contributes to the emerging debate on the authorised heritage discourse and provides an agenda for the future of the profession.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations List of Contributors Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Heritage Under Pressure Profession, Practice and Pressure – A Global Profession’s Response to Heritage under Pressure Michael Dawson Global Reach Professional excellence – global reach of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Peter Hinton An Introduction to the Cultural Protection Fund Joanne Slack and Amy Eastwood Shifting sands: scientific cooperation, archaeology and cultural heritage on mining projects in central and northern Mauritania Leonora O’Brien Global Archaeology - Threats and Solution Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa Robert Bewley A Tool and Methodology for Rapid Assessment and Monitoring of Heritage Places in a Disaster and Post-Disaster Context – Syria as a Case Study Azadeh Vafadari, Graham Philip, Richard Jennings Curious Travellers – repurposing imagery to manage and interpret threatened monuments, sites and landscapes. Andrew S Wilson, Vince Gaffney, Chris Gaffney, Eugene Ch’ng, Richard Bates, Gareth Sears, Tom Sparrow, Andrew Murgatroyd, Edward Faber, Robin A.E. Coningham Resilience within the Rubble: Post-Disaster Archaeological Responses to Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha Earthquake Robin Coningham, Kosh Prasad Acharya, Christopher Davis, Ram Bahadur Kunwar, Ian Simpson, Anie Joshi and Kai Weise. Built Heritage – Loss and Repsonse Introduction Mike Nevell and Edward James Protecting Cultural Property during Armed conflict: an international perspective Peter Stone Peace negotiations in progress in Cyprus and prospects for protecting the abandoned built heritage in the Buffer Zone Maria Yioutani-Iacovides The Arts in Historic Preservation - the Southern Caucasus Peter Nasmyth Conserving the Past, Protecting the Peace Liam McQuillan Responses to the destruction of cultural property during conflict: the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina Helen Walasek Trends in Cultural Heritage Loss and reconstruction 20 years after the end of conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina Richard Carlton and Smajo Bešo. Dresden – Memory, Meaning, Significance and Authenticity. Issues of heritage value in the Dresden Elbe Valley Ariane Buschmanne Informing Heritage Policy in an Uncertain Climate; Reflections from Ireland Cathy Daly STORM – managing cultural heritage sites in the face of environmental and climate change Michael Nevell, Rob Williamson, Rosemarie De Wit

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