The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Book

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new 280,000-word overview
of the world archaeological collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum,
University of Oxford. Details are below. D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds)
2013. *World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a
characterization.* Oxford:

The book is published simultaneously in hard copy, and online in open
access form -

The volume is the product of a collections-based research project -
Characterizing the World Archaeology Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum
- that sought to develop the first overview of the range and research
potential of the Museum's world archaeology collections.

*World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a
characterization*introduces the range, history and significance of the
collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, and sets out priorities for future
research into the collection. Through 29 newly-commissioned essays written
by a specialist team, the volume explores more than 136,000 artefacts from
145 countries, from the Stone Age to the modern period, and from England to
Easter Island.

Pioneering a new approach in museum studies - which the project calls
"characterization" - this landmark volume is an essential reference work
for archaeologists around the world, and a unique introduction to the
archaeological collections of one of the world’s most famous museums

Physical copies of the book can be ordered from Archaeopress here -

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