Curating Archaeological Artifacts

Authored by: Alex W. Barker

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ELIS4-120053293

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Abstract

Archaeological artifacts, collections, and associated records represent arguably the most important resource for documenting the entirety of the human career. Their integrity and value, however, depend on appropriate management and curation. This entry provides a brief survey of standards and generally accepted practices for the documentation, acquisition, cataloging, care, use, and interpretation of curated archaeological collections as well as a summary of metadata standards and current ethical issues confronting archaeological curators.

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