Digging and destruction: artifact collecting as meaningful social practice

  title={Digging and destruction: artifact collecting as meaningful social practice},
  author={Siobhan M. Hart and Elizabeth S. Chilton},
  journal={International Journal of Heritage Studies},
  pages={318 - 335}
  • S. Hart, E. Chilton
  • Published 21 April 2015
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Heritage Studies
Collected sites are commonly seen as places requiring expert intervention to ‘save the past’ from destruction by artifact collectors and looters. Despite engaging directly with the physical effects of collecting and vandalism, little attention is given to the meanings of these actions and the contributions they make to the stories told about sites or the past more broadly. Professional archaeologists often position their engagement with site destruction as heritage ‘salvage’ and regard… 

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