Learning from Las Vegas: Archaeology in the Experience Economy
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Archaeology has become a potent element in themed environments that abound in contemporary popular culture. This short article reviews the archaeological motifs that can be found in environments such as Disneyland and on the Las Vegas Strip. They provide a set of imagery to which people can easily relate and that immerses them in a world different from the normal routines and restrictions of everyday life. Archaeology provides experiences that relate very closely to people’s fantasies, dreams, and desires. I argue that in the emerging “Experience Economy,” archaeologists need to ask what kind of experiences they can offer to society. My conclusion is that professional archaeologists have more to learn from Las Vegas than they have to fear it.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Specialist publication or newspaper||The SAA Archaeological Record|
|Publisher||Society for American Archaeology|
|State||Published - 2007|