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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transferring Authenticity to Replica Ancient Egyptian Objects with Visitors in the Petrie Museum
by Ford Spora, Amanda, M.A., University of London, University College London (United Kingdom), 2018, 125; 13855682
Abstract (Summary)

This study grew from the juxtaposition of both the aura of authenticity and the fear of awe of the replica.

This research is about Egyptian archaeology finding approaches that take responsibility for narratives that are presented to visitors about objects in displays and engagement. It involves the employment of real and replica objects, in tactile experiences, to ascertain the educational impact of replica objects in relation to authenticity. This is archaeological and educational research about objects of Egyptian heritage, it involves an archeologically-based engagement with members of the public with objects of ancient Egypt.

The study engages visitors’ interactions with objects in relation to their motivations to engage, experience of handling, the way they think about authentic and replica objects and if they experience a transference of authenticity for replica objects. The educational impacts inform us about communicating with visitors, development and facilitation of engagement and the way Egyptian archaeology portrays its narratives of the past from the field, to the collection and to public understanding, into the future.

Indexing (document details)
School: University of London, University College London (United Kingdom)
Department: Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
School Location: England
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Social research, Museum studies
Keywords: Ancient Egypt, Archaeology, Archaeology education, Authenticity, Museum replica, Object based learning
Publication Number: 13855682
ISBN: 978-1-392-00307-7
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