Archaeology and Authenticity in South African Heritage Locales and Public Spaces
Author: McGhie, Lisa-Maree
Source: Public Archaeology, Volume 8, Number 4, November 2009 , pp. 351-372(22)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This article investigates the construction, display and consumption of archaeological authenticity at two museums and two heritage-themed entertainment locales in South Africa. I consider authenticity not simply as intrinsic, but as strongly framed by physical and conceptual locations, before audience experiences and post-colonial priorities. I use as case studies the Maropeng visitor centre at the Cradle of Humankind, the Origins Centre Museum at the University of the Witwatersrand, Sun City's Lost City, and the Monte Casino entertainment complex in northern Johannesburg.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Pretoria, Tshwane, 0002, South Africa;, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2009-11-01