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H 276 x W 203 mm

206 pages

89 figures (colour throughout)

Published Sep 2022

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803273105

Digital: 9781803273112

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Treasure; Public Archaeology; Heritage; Museum Studies; Museology; Conservation; Engagement

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Edited by Howard Williams, Samuel Clague, Peter Reavill

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Select proceedings of the 5th University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference (31 January 2020) reflect on the shifting and conflicting meanings, values and significances for treasure in archaeology’s public engagements, interactions and manifestations.



Introduction: the Public Archaeology of Treasure – Howard Williams, Samuel Clague, Natasha Carr and James Raine ;

Going with the FLO: Personal Reflections on the Portable Antiquities Scheme for England and Wales – an interview with Peter Reavill ;

‘An Unlikely Ally?’ Archaeologists and Metal Detectorists in England and Wales Today – Pauline Magdalene Clarke ;

Stór mo chroí - Reflections on Treasure from an Irish Perspective – Sharon A. Greene ;

From Golden Eggs to Trampled Treasure: the 2019 Cadbury Chocolate Scandal – Aisling E.P. Tierney ;

A National Strategy for Treasure? – an interview with Gail Boyle ;

The Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Program – an interview with Pieta Greaves ;

Audio Bling: Innovation and Accessibility in the Museum Display of Archaeological Treasures – Edward Antrobus ;

Early Medieval Treasures Online: Strategies for Engagement – Caitlin R. Green ;

Rest in Pieces: ‘Treasure’ and the Public Perception of Grave Goods in England and Wales – Adam Daubney ;

The Public Archaeology of Tomb Treasures in the Media – Sophie Brown ;

Destroy the ‘Sutton Hoo Treasure’! – Howard Williams ;

Green Bling – Kenneth Brophy

About the Author

Howard Williams is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Chester and researches public archaeology and archaeologies of death and memory. He co-edits the Offa’s Dyke Journal and writes an academic blog: Archaeodeath.

Samuel Clague graduated from the University of Chester with a BA (Hons) Archaeology degree in 2020 and subsequently completed the Department’s MA Archaeology of Death and Memory.

Peter Reavill is a landscape archaeologist specialising in the material culture of the British Isles. He was the Finds Liaison Officer for the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme covering Herefordshire and Shropshire, 2003–2022. In May 2022 he left the PAS and is now the Historic Environment Records Officer for Herefordshire, Herefordshire Council.