SHORT BIO I was born in Boston in 1950 and studied Religion at Wesleyan University and Archaeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and I’ve spent most of my career writing and thinking about the politics and contemporary meanings of the past. After completing a series of books about the history and politics of archaeology in the Middle East, I teamed up with my good friend and colleague Israel Finkelstein to see what we could accomplish in the re-construction of modern views of biblical history. The result was The Bible Unearthed (2001) which got a lot of attention, but I’m not sure it changed many minds– particularly minds that are hardwired to believe that THEY are the authentic heirs of the biblical tradition. I spent 2000-2007 in Belgium, working at the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation on heritage projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and gradually came to realize just how many minds are hardwired to believe that they are the authentic heirs of something. And yet those claims for authenticity have generally been used as tools to get or maintain power, money, or just crude dominance. The Past has got to be useful for something more positive and life affirming than that. I currently teach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serve as the coordinator of Projects and Policy Initiatives at the Center for Heritage and Society. I also serve as the president of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation (ICIP) and am a member of the ICOMOS International Advisory Committee.
Heritage interpretation and human rights: documenting diversity, expressing identity, or establishing universal principles?, International Journal of Heritage Studies (2012)
Postcolonial, Neo-imperial, or a Little Bit of Both?: Reflections on Museums in Lebanon, Near Eastern Archaeology (2010)
Process Not Product: The ICOMOS Ename Charter (2008) and the Practice of Heritage Stewardship, CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship (2009)
INTERPRETING THE PAST 5: The Future of Heritage (with Claudia Liuzza) (2008)
INTERPRETING THE PAST 3: Memory and Identity (with Suzanne Copping and Willem Derde) (2007)
INTERPRETING THE PAST 4: Who Owns the Past? (with Claudia Liuzza) (2007)
DAVID AND SOLOMON (with Israel Finkelstein) (2006)