The Presented Past

Heritage, Museums and Education

B. L. Molyneaux & P. G. Stone

 

Synopsis

The Presented Past is concerned with the differences between the comparatively static, well-understood way in which the past is presented in schools, museums and at historic sites compared to the approaches currently being explored in contemporary archaeology. It challenges the all-too-frequent representation of the past as something finished, understood and objective, rather than something that is `constructed' and therefore open to co-existing interpretations and constant re-interpretation from Argentina to Zimbabwe.

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Authors

B. L. Molyneaux is an archaeologist at the University of South Dakota.

Professor Peter Stone OBE, is the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University in England.