From the Fjords to the Nile

Object Matters researcher Saphinaz Amal Naguib has contributed to the anthology From the Fjords to the Nile: Essays in honour of Richard Holton Pierce on his 80th birthday edited by Paul Steiner, Alexandros Tsakos, Eivind Heldaas Seland which is out on Archaeopress. 

Her chapter contribution is entitled “Bridging Gaps: Archaeological Sources and Resources in Museums” and deals with the archaeology in museums:  “Museums and archaeology share a common engagement to find, recover, safeguard, study and explicate the material world. This brief open-ended essay is about the methods and scopes of museums regarding their use of archaeology as a source and a resource in exhibitions about Ancient Egypt and Nubia, and how archaeological finds and research in different academic fields may serve to generate, expand and sustain museums’ activities. Bridging the gaps between disciplines and laying the grounds for free-choice learning and for the elaboration and dissemination of knowledge is, in my view, a first step. The second step has to do with a self-reflective turn we have been witnessing during the last decade or so in European museums holding archaeological material from non-Western countries. This new turn has to do with an increased awareness of the sustainability of such endeavours. Establishing a politics of trust between museums, cultural and research institutions and local populations is the next step”.


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