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Archaeologies of Us and Them

Debating History, Heritage and Indigeneity, 1st Edition

Edited by Charlotta Hillerdal, Anna Karlström, Carl-Gösta Ojala


304 pages

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Archaeologies of “Us” and “Them” explores the concept of indigeneity within the field of archaeology and heritage and in particular examines the shifts in power that occur when ‘we’ define ‘the other’ by categorizing ‘them’ as indigenous. Recognizing the complex and shifting distinctions between indigenous and non-indigenous pasts and presents, this volume gives a nuanced analysis of the underlying definitions, concepts and ethics associated with this field in order to explore Indigenous archaeology as a theoretical, ethical and political concept.

Indigenous archaeology is an increasingly important topic discussed worldwide, and as such critical analyses must be applied to debates which are often surrounded by political correctness and consensus views. Drawing on an international range of global case studies, this timely and sensitive collection significantly contributes to the development of archaeological critical theory.

Table of Contents


Lynette Russell


Charlotta Hillerdal, Anna Karlström and Carl-Gösta Ojala

Part I – Politics of Indigeneity

1. Collective Rights and the Construction of Heritage

Ronald Niezen

2. Naming the Indigenous

Nick Shepherd

3. Stakeholder in Practice: “Us”, “Them” and the Problem of Expertise

Trinidad Rico

4. Extractive Industries, Corporate Discourse and Indigenous Heritage

Melissa F. Baird

5. Integrating the Past in the Present: Archaeology as Part of Living Yup’ik Heritage

Charlotta Hillerdal

6. Us and Whom? Representations of Indigenousness in the Archaeological Site of Avdat, Israel

Menachem Shiff

7. The Archaeological Construction of Aboriginality: The Inuit Case

Robert McGhee

Part II – Spaces Between “Us” and “Them”

8. Envisioning a Different Notion of “Indigenous Archaeology” From the Perspective of Sub-Saharan Africa

Paul J. Lane

9. Who is Indigenous? Migration Theories and Notions of Indigeneity in Southern African Archaeology

Edward Matenga

10. Reading Indigeneity Without Race: Colour, Representation and Uncertainty in Photographic Evidence

Celmara Pocock

11. How History Controls the Past: “Discovering” the Unconventional and Underground History of Setauket, New York’s Native and African American Community

Christopher N. Matthews

12. Bronze Drums and the Contestations of Indigenous Heritage in Laos

Anna Karlström

13. Indigeneity, Knowledge and Archaeology on Both Sides of the Mirror

Alejandro F. Haber

Part III – Indigeneity and Heritage

14. Culture, Rights, Indigeneity and Intervention: Addressing Inequality in Indigenous Heritage Protection and Control

George P. Nicholas

15. Archaeological Heritage and

About the Editors

Charlotta Hillerdal is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Anna Karlström is Lecturer and Researcher in Heritage Studies at the Department of Art History, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Carl-Gösta Ojala is a Researcher in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology