This chapter demonstrates how wetland archaeology, open-air museums, and living-history television programmes can bridge the gap between experts and enthusiasts, using the pile dwellings in Switzerland as an example. Shortly after they were discovered on Lake Zurich in the mid-nineteenth century, the pile dwellings attracted a lot of attention not only from experts but also from the general public. Popular science texts and images, as well as display collections dealing with wetland archaeology, soon appeared. Nowadays it falls mainly to the museums and archaeological services to convey the scientific results of pile-dwelling archaeology to the general public in an easy-to-understand and attractive manner by staging exhibitions, creating publications, organizing events, and maintaining good public relations. These endeavours are supported by popular ‘living history’ film projects.
Radiocarbon dating has become a standard dating method in archaeology almost all over the world. However, in the field of Egyptology and Near Eastern archaeology, the method is still not fully appreciated. Recent years have seen several major radiocarbon projects addressing Egyptian archaeology and chronology that have led to an intensified discussion regarding the application of radiocarbon dating within the field of Egyptology. This chapter reviews the contribution of radiocarbon dating to the discipline of Egyptology, discusses state-of-the-art applications and their impact on archaeological as well as chronological questions, and presents open questions that will be addressed in the years to come.
The University of Michigan Excavation of Karanis (1924–1935): Images from the Kelsey Museum Photographic Archives
T. G. Wilfong
This article presents a small sampling of unpublished material from the Kelsey Museum archives relating to the Michigan excavation of Karanis and its finds in the form of a photographic essay. It offers images consisting of field photography of the site as well as staged photographs of artefacts. Most of the latter were made for the purposes of the division of finds, intended for the extensive 'Division Albums' that remain such an important resource for the study of the Karanis material, documenting as they do the artefacts that came to Michigan, as well as those that stayed in Egypt, in something close to their original condition at discovery. The photographs were chosen for what they illustrate about daily life at Karanis and also for what they show of the processes and challenges of the archaeological excavation of the site.