Technologies of Collection

Wendy M. K. Shaw

in Possessors and Possessed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233355
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928565 | DOI:
Technologies of Collection

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This chapter explores the role of technologies, particularly railroads and cameras, in the collections of the Ottoman museums. It describes how the process of antiquities collection in the Ottoman Empire unfolded in the context of the acquisition of technologies and practices that were new and exciting not only in the empire but in the entire world as well. The chapter explains the dependence of archaeology on new modes of transportation such as railroads, and highlights the role of photography in providing new modes of documentation and transport of information.

Keywords: Ottoman museums; museum collections; technologies; railroads; cameras; photography

Chapter.  6722 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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