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

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

ISBN: 9781789252460 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 336p, H240 x W170 (mm) 124 images

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Heritage Under Pressure – Threats and Solutions


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 contributors
Part 1 Heritage Under Pressure
1 Introduction: Profession, discourse and agency
Michael Dawson
Part 2 Agency and Global Reach
2 Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and the global profession
Peter Hinton
3 The work of the Cultural Protection Fund
Amy Eastwood and Joanne Slack
4 Shifting sands: Scientific cooperation, archaeology and cultural heritage on mining projects in central and northern Mauritania
Leonora O’Brien
Part 3 Threats and Solutions
5 Endangered archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa
Robert Bewley
6 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 and Richard Jennings
7 Preparing for disaster: The rapid recording of our threatened monuments
Jamie Quartermaine
8 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 and Robin A.E. Coningham
9 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
Part 4 Built Heritage in Conflict
10 Introduction
Michael Nevell and Edward James
11 Protecting cultural property during armed conflict: An international perspective
Peter Stone
12 Peace negotiations in progress in Cyprus and prospects for protecting the abandoned built heritage in the Buffer Zone
Maria Yioutani-Iacovides
13 The arts in historic preservation: The southern Caucasus
Peter Nasmyth
14 Conserving the past, protecting the peace
Liam McQuillan
15 Responses to the destruction of cultural property during conflict: The case of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Helen Walasek
16 Perspectives on cultural heritage loss and reconstruction 20 years after the end of conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Richard Carlton and Smajo Bešo
17 Dresden: Memory, meaning, significance and authenticity – issues of heritage value in the Dresden Elbe Valley
Ariane Buschmann
Part 5 Climate Change
18 Adapting heritage policy for a changing climate: Reflections from Ireland
Cathy Daly
19 STORM: Managing cultural heritage sites in the face of environmental and climate change
Michael Nevell, Rob Williamson and Rosemarie DeWit

Reviews & Quotes

"...positions a collection of important case studies in the framework of a profession that is alert to the spectrum of today’s human and natural threats, and institutionally placed to support its members in the pursuit of solutions. "
Dennis Rodwell

"A particular strength of this collection is its wide range of current projects and case studies. […they] showcase valuable practical aspects that can potentially inspire future methods and practices. "
Julia Nikolaus
Archaeological Journal (12/10/2021)

"The editors are to be congratulated in assembling a handsome and wide-ranging volume in such a short time. [...] The papers are well-written and illustrated with fine colour photographs. As a book to dip into it is very worthwhile."
Martin Locock
CiFA (02/04/2020)

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