'Presenting the Past'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 31 2008 ISBN 978-1-871855-19-7
Price £10/ Members £7.50
This volume contains thirteen papers given at the Society's conferences at Bristol in 2005 and Lincoln 2006. The majority of the papers discuss new archaeology galleries and exhibitions with a second smaller section devoted to managing archaeological collections.
'Museum Archaeology: Policy, Practice and Theory'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 30 2007 ISBN 1 871855 18 7
Price £15/ Members £12
In this volume are fifteen of the papers given at the Society's conferences at Cardiff in 2003 and York in 2004. A diverse range of subjects are covered from the state of museum archaeology in Wales to the politics of archaeology.
'Past Perfect: Studies in Museum Archaeology'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 29 2004 ISBN 1 871855 17 9
Price £7.50/ Members £6.50
This volume contains papers from the annual conferences at Carlisle in 2001 and Colchester in 2002. The themes of these conferences included new developments in stores and galleries, access to archaeological resources and management of archaeological sites.
'The Art of Archaeology'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 28 2003 ISBN 1 871855160
Price £8/ Members £7.50
This volume describes the results of the Society of Museum Archaeologists' Art of Archaeology Initiative which took place during the period 2000-2001. It describes nine projects from a variety of museum services in England and Scotland.
'Public Archaeology: Remains to be Seen'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 27 2002 ISBN 1 871855 15 2
Price: £8/ Members £7
Papers presented in this volume range from the Egyptian collections of the Petrie Museum at UCL to an analysis of archaeology and the British media, and from community archaeology in Leicestershire to a view of public archaeology from the National Council for Metal Detecting.
'Indulgence or Necessity? Research in Museum Archaeology'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 26 2001 ISBN 1 871 855 14 4
Price: £11.50/ Members £10.50
The conference papers presented in this volume examine the diversity of research taking place in British archaeology at the end of the twentieth century. Case studies include the Hampshire County Museum Service, The Falkland Islands and Colchester Museums.
'Significant Others - Museums and Units, Museums and Community'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 25 2000 ISBN 1 871 855 13 6
Price: £9.95 /Members £8.95
The twin themes of these conference papers focus on the relationship between excavating units and museums; and the role of museums in generating interest and participation in archaeology amongst the public at a time when it is receiving an unprecedented amount of attention in the broadcast media.
Museums for the 21st Century
The Museum Archaeologist 24 1998 ISBN 1 871855 12 8
Price: £6.95 /Members £5.95
Topics covered in this volume range from digital archiving of archaeology and on-line resources, exhibition evaluation and visitor research and how to make a successful lottery bid. Some of the papers are written by the foremost practitioners in their fields.
Museums in the Landscape: Bridging the Gap
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 23 1998 ISBN 1 871855 11 X
Price: £7.50 /Members £6.50
The increasing use of information technology in archaeology bridges the gap between curated remains and access. Case studies from Norwich, Plymouth, St Albans, Winchester and Lincoln cover museum displays, transfer of information to the internet, electronic publishing and database projects, the central theme being the preservation, display and recording of archaeological remains in the landscape. The Treasure Act and copyright issues were also discussed.
'Representing Archaeology in Museums'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 22 1997 ISBN 1 871855 10 1
Price: £10.95 /Members £8.95
In recent years there has been attention devoted to the theory and practice of displaying archaeology to the non-specialist. Issues covered are museums and identity, the general relationship between theory and practice and the teaching of archaeology in schools. Additional to the conference papers are papers on the practicalities of the transfer of archaeological archives.
Museum Archaeology - What's New?'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 21 1996, out of print ISBN 1 871855 07 1
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 20, 1995, out of print ISBN 1 871855 08 X
Museum Archaeology in Europe
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 19 Oxbow Monograph 39 1994
Price: £28 /Members £18
Available only from Oxbow Books, Park End Place, Oxford OX1 1HN. This volume demonstrates the active role of European museums and of museum staff in archaeology with examples from all over Europe showing active participation in excavations, conservation and in museum display.
'Picking up the Pieces - Adapting to change in Museum and
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 18 1993 ISBN 1 871855 04 7
Price: £7.95 /Members £5.95
The papers reflect the times. Aspects on the use of collections, Treasure Trove, treasure-hunting, the antiquities market and community archaeology are all discussed.
'Ready for the New Millennium? - Futures for Museum
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 17 1993 ISBN 1 871855 04 7
Price: £8.95 /Members £6.95
Archaeologists are supposed to draw on their experience of the past to make archaeology relevant to the present. Contributors looked ahead a decade and discussed future audiences, communication, the use of multi-media and how to obtain resources.
'What's Mine is Yours! - Museum Collecting Policies'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 16 1992 ISBN 1 871855 03 9
Price: £4.95 /Members £3.95
The papers discuss such issues as the reasons for collecting archaeological material, the ethical and legal problems and museums' relationships with researchers, dealers, collectors and metal-detector users.
'Still Begging - Fundraising for Archaeology'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 15, 1991, out of print
'Public Service or Private Indulgence?
' The Museum Archaeologist Volume 13, 1989, out of print
The Interpretation of Archaeological Sites and Monuments
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 12, 1988, out of print
'Dust to Dust - Field Archaeology and Museums'
The Museum Archaeologist Volume 11 1986
A standard work on the creation and care of excavation archives. Although these are the published proceedings of the 1984 conference, many of the articles are as relevant today with museums taking on the care of excavation archives.
Important Guideline Publications
Safeguarding archaeological information: Procedures for
minimising risk to undeposited archaeological archives
Written by Duncan. H. Brown for English Heritage 2011.
Available to Download
Archaeological Archives - a guide to best practice in creation,
compilation, transfer and curation
Written by Duncan H. Brown, Archaeological Archives Forum 2007
Price FREE, but contribution of £1 to cover postage and packing requested.
For the first time the whole archaeological discipline has a single document to use in ensuring archives are created properly, and curated in such a way as to make them usable into the future.
Standards in Action: Working with Archaeology Guidelines,
ISBN 1 900642 07 7
Price £15 Available only from mda at: Jupiter House, Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JD
Produced jointly by mda and the SMA, this is a guide to support the SPECTRUM Standard for use with archaeology. It is designed particularly to support museum curators and field archaeologists.
Selection, Retention and Dispersal of Archaeological Collections
ISBN 1 871855 05 5, out of print
The Guidelines examine the principles and procedures for dispersal of archaeological collections and the criteria for the retention of the artefactual, environmental and documentary archive. While intended for use by the archaeological curator, the Guidelines are also important to excavators, finds officers, specialists and all those concerned with the curation of the archaeological record.
Available to download 3mb pdf
Towards an Accessible Archaeological Archive Guidelines
ISBN 1 871855 09 8, out of print
The Guidelines identify the legal, ethical and procedural principles which govern the transfer of archaeological archives to museums in the UK.
Available to download 5.1mb pdf