Who Needs the Past?: Indigenous Values and Archaeology, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Who Needs the Past?

Indigenous Values and Archaeology, 2nd Edition

Edited by R. Layton


240 pages

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This book offers a critique of the all pervasive Western notion that other communities often live in a timeless present. Who Needs the Past? provides first-hand evidence of the interest non-Western, non-academic communities have in the past.


`Take(s) us from issues of cultural identity and its archaeological recognition through varying concepts of the past to issues of how the past may be used and ultimately to conflicts in values and ethical obligations. It is an important journey of exploration - Antiquity

`The variety of organizational systems for the past that emerge from these papers is examined in Layton's introduction, itself a substantial contribution and a valuable discussion of the significance of the papers in the context of anthropological and archaeological thought' - Journal of the Anthropolological Society of Oxford

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology