Ancient Muses
250 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Mixed media product
Release Date:06 May 2003
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Ancient Muses

Archaeology and the Arts

University of Alabama Press

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.

A useful introduction to an important trend in contemporary archaeology.’

Southeastern Archaeology

This provocative, thoughtful compendium will interest scholars of science and pedagogy as well as archaeologists.’


John H. Jameson Jr. is an archaeologist.

John E. Ehrenhard is Director at the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

Christine A. Finn is research associate at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford in England.

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