By Randall H. McGuire
This e-book develops a concept and framework to explain how archaeology can give a contribution to a extra humane international. spotting that archaeology is an inherently political job, Randall H. McGuire builds at the heritage of archaeological idea and Marxist dialectical thought to indicate how archaeologists can use their craft to guage interpretations of the true international, build significant histories for groups, and problem the power legacies of colonialism and sophistication fight. McGuire bases his dialogue on his personal wide fieldwork within the usa and Mexico, bringing up attention-grabbing case experiences to boost the assumption of archaeology as a class-based exercise.
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But as the critique of science in archaeology has shown, such goals necessarily imply a political content. In the absence of such goals, archaeologists risk becoming like Chattus Calvensis II in Herman Hesse’s novel The Glass Bead Game (1969:65). His life’s work was a four-volume tome, The Pronun- 20 Politics ciation of Latin in the Universities of Southern Italy toward the End of the Twelfth Century. Second is the danger of complicity. Apolitical archaeologists risk involvement as accomplices in questionable acts or even crimes (Trigger 1989a:331).
The chosen events are usually tied to the territory of the nation. National heritages typically favor those events that relate to how the people of the nation acquired their rightful territory or how they defended it from usurpers. National heritages also tend to glorify the death and suffering of the heroes of the nation; they favor martyrs rather than conquerors. Those who have suffered and sacrificed their lives for the nation demonstrate that the worth of the nation transcends other values.
When archaeologists plot and map Black Pig’s Dyke, its course parallel to the 1921 partition line becomes obvious. Scholars’ ability to accurately locate these places and things adds credence to other aspects of the nationalist story and the struggle. Struggles over heritage focus on the objects, structures, and places that symbolize it (Golden 2004). During the American Revolution, battalions of the Continental army invaded upstate New York to destroy the Iroquois Confederacy. The soldiers burned fields and villages and chopped down orchards to drive the Indians out.
Archaeology as Political Action (California Series in Public Anthropology) by Randall H. McGuire