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New Publication on Archaeological Heritage

Jun 30, 2013

“'Archaeologizing' Heritage? Transcultural Entanglements between Local Social Practices and Global Virtual Realities” is the title of the new book published by Prof. Monica Juneja and Dr. Michael Falser. It is part of the Cluster's book series "Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context".

The book investigates what has constituted notions of "archaeological heritage" from colonial times to the present. It includes case studies of sites in South and Southeast Asia with a special focus on Angkor, Cambodia. The subjects of the contribution range from architectural and intellectual history to historic preservation and restoration. Moreover, they evaluate historical processes spanning two centuries which saw the imagination and production of "dead archaeological ruins" by often overlooking living local, social, and ritual forms of usage on site.

Furthermore, the book includes discussions about case studies from computational modeling in archaeology. They stand for a comparable paradigmatic change from a mere simulation of supposedly dead archaeological building material to an increasing appreciation and scientific incorporation of the knowledge of local stakeholders. The publication seeks to bring these different approaches from the humanities and engineering sciences into a trans-disciplinary discussion.

The book “'Archaeologizing' Heritage? Transcultural Entanglements between Local Social Practices and Global Virtual Realities” - 287 pages - was published in June 2013 by the science book publishing company Springer. It is the result of an international workshop about Angkor in Cambodia in 2010. The workshop was organised by the project coordinator Dr. Michael Falser within the project D12 "Heritage as a Transcultural Concept".

The book is part of the Cluster’s book series "Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context". The series presents peer-reviewed books by members of the Cluster as well as scholars from both historical and empirical disciplines who are working on new emerging fields that cross existing disciplinary boundaries.

Dr. Michael Falser is postdoctoral Fellow and coordinator of project D12 “Heritage as a Transcultural Concept" at the Cluster. Prof. Monica Juneja holds the Chair of “Global Art History” and is speaker of Research Area D “Historicities and Heritage” at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”.

See the Table of Contents

Image sources:

Image 1: Ideal view of the Elephant Terrace in front of the Royal Palace, Angkor Thom/Cambodia. Ink and watercolour by Louis Delaporte and Henri Deverin, 1891 [Source: Musée Guimet archives].
Image 2: Reconstitution of a face tower of the Bayon temple in the Musée Indochinois of the Trocadéro. Photo by Giraudon, c.1912 [Source: Musée Guimet archives].


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