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Online Encounters with Museum Antiquities

January 2021 (125.1)

Museum Review

Online Encounters with Museum Antiquities

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Museums are primary sites of exchange between diverse publics and disciplinary experts. As museums’ missions have shifted toward public service over the last 40 years, public access has been partially digital. In this essay, we survey ways museums have recently brought their ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern resources to online audiences, in both long-term projects and COVID-19 pandemic efforts. Focusing on virtual galleries, digitized collections, and social media activities, we offer a critical museum studies perspective as we highlight notable digital practices, challenges, and opportunities in the current digital museum landscape.

Online Encounters with Museum Antiquities
By Caitlin Chien Clerkin and Bradley L. Taylor
American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 125, No. 1 (January 2021), p. 165–175
DOI: 10.3764/aja.125.1.0165
© 2021 Archaeological Institute of America