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p. 939. Presenting the past to the publiclocked

  • Paul Bahn

Abstract

Archaeologists need to spend more time conveying their findings to others. Presenting findings about the past is a big responsibility, and must be done objectively. ‘Presenting the past to the public’ discusses how difficult it is to achieve objectivity, and to decide what artefacts, themes, and approaches to show without reflecting prejudices and beliefs of the archaeologist or the society. Many things can colour an archaeologist's vision of the past: upbringing, education, social status, and religious beliefs. The publication of information has become much easier now with magazines devoted to archaeology and the Internet. What lies in the future for archaeology?

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