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Archaeologies of Us and Them
Debating History, Heritage and Indigeneity

ISBN 9780367875275
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
322 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.


"In common with other postcolonial archaeology publications, this one emphasizes that "Indigenous" tends to be equated with timeless, tradition-bound, non-Western, endangered-in a word, a euphemism for "primitive". That colonized peoples are generally poor tends to be glossed over. A strength of this book is that many authors make this clear. Most of the chapters are well written, interesting, and deepen understanding of what "indigenous" may entail."

A. B. Kehoe, Marquette University