Archaeology, graffiti and prisons

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Abstract

Archaeology is arguably the only discipline that studies all of human history
in all of its facets. But it has also been—and remains—a deeply colonial study.
The grand claim that archaeology studies all of human history is a typical
colonial—even imperial—arrogance. And yet archaeology is a powerful, if partial,
mode of surveillance and is able literally and metaphorically to go beyond
surface appearances. What then can archaeology—and more specifically
archaeologists—do to de-colonise and then to cosmopolitanise the discipline?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Social Archaeologies
Subtitle of host publication Making a Difference in a World of Strangers
EditorsKoji Mizoguchi, Claire Smith
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter7
Pages207-210
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781000587036
ISBN (Print) 9781629583068
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2019

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