Archaeology and Tourism: Touring the Past

Edited by: Dallen J. Timothy, Lina G. Tahan

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This book provides a global and thematic examination of the relationships between archaeology and tourism, and a critical analysis of thinking in the area of archaeology-based tourism. It focuses on the differences and similarities between archaeology-based tourism and heritage tourism and highlights the interdependence and dissonance between tourism and archaeology and archaeological traditions. The volume offers a systematic investigation of current issues and implications in the relationship between tourism and archaeology from both tourism and archaeological perspectives. It is a key academic resource for students, researchers and practitioners in tourism, archaeology, cultural heritage management and anthropology.

At last, a scholarly discussion on archaeology-based tourism! This wonderful collection of chapters is thought-provoking and a welcome addition to the literature. The discussion is concise, comprehensive and challenging. A key element of the discourse is a call for the tourism industry to respect archaeological resources by using them respectfully and sustainably. A must-have addition to any serious collection of scholarly books on tourism.

Bruce Prideaux, Central Queensland University, Australia

This volume will certainly appeal to anyone interested in the role of tourism in protecting and promoting archaeological heritage assets. Contributors from both tourism studies and archaeology raise important dialogue about the fundamental relationships between tourism and archaeology of critical relevance today, making this an important read for scholars, practitioners and communities alike.

Alison McIntosh, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

This highly readable collection of essays brings together well-crafted and insightful viewpoints concerning the integration of tangible and built heritage within the practices of tourism. The volume deepens knowledge about archaeo-tourism, illicit trade, nation-building, mass tourism and the ongoing politics of representation. It is a terrific and much-needed resource – particularly given the lack of academic attention the relationship between tourism and archaeology has thus far received.

Emma Waterton, Western Sydney University, Australia

The book is accessible and mostly well written for university-level students, although upper-level school students could get value from it, too. The extensive lists of references in each chapter are an important resource [...] Importantly, this book will increase your awareness of archaeological issues, including where you live and at the places you visit.

Journal of Heritage Tourism, Vol 16 No 1

This valuable book consists of a range of chapters written by both archaeologists and tourism researchers. Each of the chapters is thematic, balancing explanations of the key concepts and issues with examples from around the globe. While the current hot topic of over-tourism is not specifically the subject of a chapter, material related to the damage done by large numbers of tourists is woven through many of the contributions. Unlike most edited books in tourism, this is not a collection of case studies, and the focus on thematic chapters adds to its depth and authority.

Journal of Qualitative Research in Tourism, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2021

Dallen J. Timothy is Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University, USA. His research interests include heritage tourism, geopolitics and sovereignty, international borders, religious tourism and community empowerment.

Lina G. Tahan is Affiliated Scholar, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK. Her research interests include archaeological museums in the Middle East, the role of museums in fostering understanding in divided societies, heritage in the Arab World and tourism in developing countries.

Chapter 1. Dallen J. Timothy and Lina G. Tahan: Archaeology and Tourism: Consuming, Managing and Protecting the Human Past

Chapter 2. Laurence Gillot: Archaeologists and Tourism: Symbiosis or Contestation?

Chapter 3. Paul Burtenshaw: Tourism and the Economic Value of Archaeology

Chapter 4. Işilay Gürsu: Privatization, Archaeology and Tourism

Chapter 5. Alan Fyall, Anna Leask and Sarah B. Barber: Marketing Archaeological Heritage for Tourism

Chapter 6. Dallen J. Timothy: Archaeological Heritage and Volunteer Tourism

Chapter 7. Nour Farra-Haddad: Archaeology and Religious Tourism: Sacred Sites, Rituals, Sharing the Baraka, and Tourism Development

Chapter 8. Lina G. Tahan: Archaeological Destruction and Tourism: Sites, Sights, Rituals and Narratives

Chapter 9. Dallen J. Timothy: Plundering the Past: Tourism and the Illicit Trade in Archaeological Remains

Chapter 10. Jennifer P. Mathews: Protecting the Archaeological Past in the Face of Tourism Demand

Chapter 11. Sue Hodges: Interpreting the Past: Telling the Archaeological Story to Visitors

Chapter 12. Gai Jorayev: Nationalism, Politics and Archaeology: The Need for Tourism

Chapter 13. Dallen J. Timothy and Lina G. Tahan: Understanding Perspectives on Archaeology and Tourism

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