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Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities
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Neil Brodie, Morag M. Kersel, Christina Luke, and Kathryn Walker Tubb

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813029726

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813029726.001.0001

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Artifacts and Emotion

Artifacts and Emotion

(p.284) 16 Artifacts and Emotion
Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade

Neil Brodie

Morag M. Kersel

Kathryn Walker Tubb

University Press of Florida

This chapter considers some of the psychological aspects of collecting. Emotion and reason are accepted together as a dynamic entity in which the prevalence of one or the other is dependent on context at any given moment. The exploration of emotional involvement in the past is via the tangible medium of the artifact, in the particular context of the trade in antiquities. It is easily demonstrated that artifacts arouse emotion, but whether that emotion can be harnessed to effect enhanced protection of the archaeological heritage is another matter. Additionally, it is interesting to note that within the archaeological community, the views regarding how to protect sites have been passionately framed, and diametrically opposed stances have been adopted. Currently, the prognosis for the survival of archaeological sites, and the potential knowledge of the past that they hold, is grim.

Keywords:   artifacts, emotion, collecting, antiquities, trade, archaeological heritage

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