ISSN: 20455852
First published in 2012
2 issues per volume
Volume 7 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2018
The curation of ancient Egypt in the twenty-first century: How should the present engage with the past?
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Authors:  Caroline Hubschmann 
DOI: 10.1386/ajpc.7.1.75_1

curiosity,context,history,museology,popular culture,understanding

This article examines how museums and archaeologists present ancient Egypt to the public. For archaeology, the role of the museum is extremely significant as it is the most popular forum through which non-specialists interact with the discipline. But how often do archaeologists and Egyptologists consider the manner in which the public consumes antiquity? There is a persistent and continuing tension to develop a balance between the popular and accurate notions of ancient Egypt. Museums are a voice of authority and legitimacy; when ancient Egypt is exhibited and interpreted it must satisfy the curious fascination, while also allowing for the development of archaeological literacy. The former ensures people will visit the exhibition while the latter allows them to understand the content on a contextual and cultural level. Archaeologists must care how their discipline is perceived so that the audience can comprehend the fruits of the labour beyond that which is popularly ‘known’. The contemporary and future role of museology and Egyptian antiquities will also be discussed concerning the risk heritage places face in a world beset by conflict.
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