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A History of Archaeological Tourism

Pursuing leisure and knowledge from the eighteenth century to World War II


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management book sub series (BRIEFSARCHHERIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Margarita Díaz-Andreu
    Pages 1-11
  3. Margarita Díaz-Andreu
    Pages 13-30

About this book


This book examines the relationship between archaeological tourism and professional archaeology. It will do so by looking at this connection – most visibly through nationalism and global capitalism - from the its origins in the early modern period until World ar II. How separate is the development of archaeological tourism from that of the formation of archaeology as a discipline? And do the fields operate in two different worlds? Scholarly discussions have largely treated them as distinct fields with no connection. Histories of archaeology, in particular, have focused their attention on aspects such as the history of archaeological discoveries, archaeological thought and, more recently, the political relationship between archaeology and nationalism and other ideologies. Largely missing from all these accounts has been an examination of how archaeology has been inserted into society, for example through something that all humans enjoy – leisure – in the form of archaeological tourism. Moreover, just as histories of archaeology have largely ignored the connection between archaeology and tourism so, too has tourism in the reverse direction. Recent studies on tourism have centered on topics such as economy (sustainable and recession tourism) and new types of tourism (including ecotourism and medical tourism).​


Archaeological tourism versus archaeology as a discipline Emergence of cultural and archaeological tourism Grand Tour of the 17th and the 18th centuries Materiality of engagement between archaeology and tourism National commissions in antiquities and cultural tourism Political relationship between archaeology and nationalism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ICREA (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats)Universitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

About the authors

Margarita Díaz-Andreu is an ICREA Research Professor based at the University of Barcelona (UB). She is the PI of the Group of Public Archaeology and Heritage ( at her university and has led several projects as PI such as the Spanish team of the EU-funded project ‘Heritage Values Network’ project. Her areas of research are the history of archaeological heritage, archaeological tourism, migration and the politics of heritage. She is interested in public archaeology and community heritage from different perspectives: cultural tourism, world heritage, citizen participation, immigration and the conservation of cultural goods. She and her team are currently prioritizing projects related to heritage from a social perspective, addressing the problems of today’s society. Her research group has as one of its priorities the development of new methodologies in social heritage, including some in-depth research on focus groups. She is also encouraging participative projects that give voice to society and serve as a bridge between society, academia and the institutions dealing with the management of archaeological heritage. The author of A World History of Nineteenth-Century Archaeology (OUP, 2007), her first thoughts on the history of archaeological tourism were written in 2004. Since then she has published a special issue on archaeological tourism in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology (2013) and several articles on this topic.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A History of Archaeological Tourism
  • Book Subtitle Pursuing leisure and knowledge from the eighteenth century to World War II
  • Authors Margarita Díaz-Andreu
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Archaeology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-32075-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-32077-5
  • Series ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-4910
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 122
  • Number of Illustrations 15 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Heritage
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“It is a wide-ranging investigation into archaeology, travel, tourism, and leisure. It is well-researched and useful for a number of audiences. … A History of Archaeological Tourism is interesting to read, for scholars in tourism studies and the history of archaeology.” (Kathleen Sheppard, Histories of Archaeology Research Network, September 3, 2020)