The Anthropology Museum Mission Statement The mission of the Anthropology Museum is to enhance the teaching and research of anthropology for the students of Miami University, the local community, and future generations through the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and presentation of the evidence of human experience. As part of Miami University's Anthropology program, the Anthropology Museum takes its structure and orientation from a combination of the following perspectives; the university, the museum, and the field of anthropology. The university and the museum come from separate historical developments, consequently see their prerogatives and responsibilities fulfilled through different yet complementary functions. Anthropology, as a field of inquiry, is fundamental to both definitions. With a historical development that is closely tied to the university and the anthropology program, anthropology provides an exceptional link between both institutions. From the traditions and responsibilities of museums come the central functions of the collection, preservation, conservation, and presentation of objects of value. Value, not in monetary terms, comes from the academic field of anthropology, which provides the object with context, meaning, and relevance for the primary university functions of the increase and dissemination of knowledge. The basic tenants of anthropology express a commitment to the respect for human diversity through time and space, to the analytical understanding of the human experience, and to the increase of human knowledge. The Anthropology Museum provides both the Miami University student and the local community with a unique and alternative way of learning about themselves. Functions of the Anthropology Museum The activities of Miami University's Anthropology Museum are designed to reinforce the basic principles embedded in the responsibilities of the museum institution, the university, and the field of anthropology. The purposes of the museum's activities are as follows: 1. Develop and maintain collections that reflect the range and diversity of human activities through time and space, as seen from an anthropological perspective. 2. Provide Miami faculty, especially in anthropology, with exhibits that can form a direct link between the student and the topic being studied. 3. Provide training in museology through the classroom, museum research projects, exhibit planning, and installations. 4. Provide the university community, as well as the local community with exhibits from the collections that will widen their knowledge and appreciation for other cultures and other times. 5. Provide the Miami student with the opportunity to participate in anthropologically- oriented research through actual work with the collections. 6. Provide the local community with a repository of local archaeological information and materials.
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