The essay by Kersel is both timely and important, for it addresses a neglected aspect of archaeology: the short-and long-term care of increasing numbers of archaeological collections. The “curation crisis” is not an isolated phenomenon. A shortage in repository space is faced by all institutions with responsibilities in managing cultural collections. Given that archaeological collections are increasing, this problem requires serious consideration and warrants urgent attention.

Kersel does not pretend to have all the answers to the archaeological curation crisis. She notes the “essay is intended as the opening round in discussions on how best to preserve the past for future research” (p. 53). Like Kersel, this writer also strongly believes that there is a critical need not only to assess the significance of archaeological collections in order to prioritize available resources, but to also develop strategies for sustainably managing archaeological collections in the future.

The curation crisis, Kersel observes,...

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