1st Edition

Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology

ISBN 9781598741834
Published February 29, 2012 by Routledge
525 Pages

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Book Description

This essential handbook explores the relationship between the postcolonial critique and the field of archaeology, a discipline that developed historically in conjunction with European colonialism and imperialism. In aiding the movement to decolonize the profession, the contributors to this volume—themselves from six continents and many representing indigenous and minority communities and disadvantaged countries—suggest strategies to strip archaeological theory and practice of its colonial heritage and create a discipline sensitive to its inherent inequalities. Summary articles review the emergence of the discipline of archaeology in conjunction with colonialism, critique the colonial legacy evident in continuing archaeological practice around the world, identify current trends, and chart future directions in postcolonial archaeological research. Contributors provide a synthesis of research, thought, and practice on their topic. The articles embrace multiple voices and case study approaches, and have consciously aimed to recognize the utility of comparative work and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past. This is a benchmark volume for the study of the contemporary politics, practice, and ethics of archaeology. Sponsored by the World Archaeological Congress

Table of Contents


PART 1: The Archaeological Critique of Colonization: Global Trajectories

Chapter 2: Colonialism and European Archaeology, Alfredo Gonzlez-Ruibal

Chapter 3: Near Eastern Archaeology, Colonialism and the Postcolonial Present, Benjamin W. Porter

Chapter 4: Telling Our Stories: Colonial Experiences and Archaeological Practices in North America, Sonya Atalay

Chapter 5: The Colonial Legacy in the Archaeology of South Asia, Dilip Chakrabarti

Chapter 6: The Colonial Experience of the Uncolonized and Colonized: The Case of East Asia as mainly seen from Japan, Koji Mizoguchi

Chapter 7: Resurrecting the Ruins of Japan's Mythical Homelands: Colonial Archaeological Surveys in the Korean Peninsula and Heritage Tourism, Hyung Il Pai

Chapter 8: Archaeology in the Colonial and Post-Colonial USSR, Pavel Dolukhanov

Chapter 9: Subjectivity and Science in Postcolonial Archaeology, Ania Loomba

Chapter 10: The Archaeological Survey of India and the Science of Postcolonial Archaeology, Ashish Chadha

PART II: Archaeological Narratives of Colonialism

Chapter 11: Writing New Archaeological Narratives: Indigenous North America, Stephen W. Silliman

Chapter 12: The Archaeology of Historical Indigenous Australia, Alistair Paterson

Chapter 13: Slavery, Liberation, and Emancipation: Constructing a Postcolonial Archaeology of the African Diaspora, Theresa A. Singleton

Chapter 14: Encounters with Postcolonialism in the Archaeology of Ireland, Charles E. Orser, Jr.

Chapter 15: Postcolonial Narratives of Africa, Peter Schmidt and Karega Munene

Chapter 16: Shades of the Colonial, O. Hugo Benavides

Chapter 17: The Efficacy of Emic and Etic in Archaeology and Heritage, Joost Fontein

PART III: Address/Redressing the Past: Restitution, Repatriation, and Ethics

Chapter 18: Repatriation: US Perspectives, Jon Daehnke and Amy Lonetree

Chapter 19: Repatriation: Australian Perspectives, Michael Green and Phil Gordon

Chapter 20: Cultural Property: Internationalism, Ethics, and Law, Alexander A. Bauer

Chapter 21: New Museological Ways of Seeing the World: Decolonizing Archaeology in Lebanese Museums. Lina G. Tahan

Chapter 22: International Perspectives on Native Title, Archaeology, and the Law, Peter Veth

Chapter 23: Archaeology enters the Twenty-First Century, Thomas C. Patterson

Chapter 24: The Global Repatriation Debate and the new "Universal Museums", Magnus Fiskes

PART IV: Strategies of Practice: Implementing the Postcolonial Critique

Chapter 25: Community Heritage and Partnership in Xcalakdzonot, Yucataacuten, Fernando Armstrong-Fumero and Julio Hoil Gutierrez

Chapter 26: Partnership Archaeology and Indigenous Ancestral Engagement in Torres Strait,

Northeastern Australia, Liam Brady and Joe Crouch

Chapter 27: Archaeological Practice at the Cultural Interface, Martin Nakata and Bruno David

Chapter 28: Ethnographic Interventions, Lynn Meskell

Chapter 29: Colonialism, Conflict and Connectivity: Public Archaeology's Message in a Bottle, Sandra Scham


Chapter 30: Public Interest Anthropology: A Model for Engaged Research Tied to Action, Peggy Reeves Sanday

Chapter 31: Cultural Resources Management, Public Archaeology and Advocacy, Carol McDavid and Fred McGhee

PART V: Colonial and Postcolonial Identities

Chapter 32: Gender and Sexuality, Louise Strouml

Chapter 33: Cultural Identity, Colonial and Postcolonial Archaeologies, Sarah Croucher

Chapter 34: Class Identity and Postcolonialism, Gavin Lucas

Chapter 35: Race and Class, Paul Mullins


Chapter 36: An Archaeologist Finds Her Voice: A Commentary, Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Chapter 37: Native American Identity and BioArch/DNA, John Norder

Epilogue, Uzma Z. Rizvi and Jane Lydon

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"This volume attests to archaeology's involvement with colonialism as well as its potential to decolonize practice, interpretation, and theory. It is extraordinary and notable in bringing together perspectives from so many places around the world. In doing so, it provides inspiration and impetus for further examining the nature of the relationships between postcolonialism and archaeology. In fact, we believe it is largely by delving deeply into this undercurrent that archaeology will sustain itself as relevant and ethical social theory and practice over the next century. Just as archaeology has been central to the colonial project, so it may have an important role in re-visioning the relations of production of knowledge about the past."
--From the Foreword by George Nicholas and Julie Hollowell