Teaching Anti-Colonial Archaeology

  title={Teaching Anti-Colonial Archaeology},
  author={Richard M. Hutchings and Marina Salle},
Archaeology is deeply troubled, but students are unlikely to learn about it in their ARCH 100 class. Our experience with ‘World Prehistory’ and ‘Introductory Archaeology’ courses and reviewing common textbooks charts a discipline securely anchored in the 19th century ideological harbour that is science, evolution, imperialism and progress. This includes so-called ‘middle road’ and ‘post-colonial’ approaches, which reinforce the status quo by limiting political action. In our search for an… 

Archaeology and the Late Modern State: Introduction to the Special Issue

While archaeologists have always shown great interest in the rise and fall of premodern states, they perennially show little interest in their own. This is particularly troubling because the state is

The Enchantment of the Archaeological Record

  • S. Perry
  • Sociology
    European Journal of Archaeology
  • 2019
Empirical studies increasingly testify to the capacity for archaeological and cultural heritage sites to engender wonder, transformation, attachment, and community bonding amongst diverse

Archaeology as Disaster Capitalism

Archaeology is a form of disaster capitalism, characterized by specialist managers whose function is the clearance of Indigenous heritage from the landscape, making way for economic development. When

Centering the Margins

ABSTRACT Teaching introductory archaeology courses in U.S. higher education typically falls short in two important ways: the courses do not represent the full picture of who contributes to

2Reflecting on Positionality: Archaeological Heritage Praxis in Quintana Roo, Mexico

  • Tiffany C. Fryer
  • Sociology
    Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association
  • 2020
In this article I argue for a renewed engagement with the concept of positionality in archaeology. I provide a brief history of thinking about the idea of subject position in archaeology, focusing

The Intersection of Indigenous thought and archaeological practice: The field methods in Indigenous archaeology field school

ABSTRACT In this essay we consider how thinking with and through Indigenous perspectives through the Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology field school transforms archaeological practice, from the

Recognizing multiple sovereignties: A starting point for Native American cultural resource consultation

ABSTRACT The practice of archaeology within the USA necessarily involves issues of sovereignty, multiple worldviews and colonialism. Archaeologists must acknowledge both the reality of colonialism's

Decoupling ‘Open’ and ‘Ethical’ Archaeologies: Rethinking Deficits and Expertise for Ethical Public Participation in Archaeology and Heritage

In this article I caution the assertions made in the 2018 volume of NAR on the future of archaeology that archaeology is well on its way to decolonising itself and that ‘open’ archaeologies that

Archaeologists Colonizing Canada: The Effects of Unquestioned Categories

The labelling and categorization of archaeological sites have consequences for the interpretation and subsequent research completed. As such, we as archaeologists must always be vigilant regarding

O fim do jogo: Contemplando o desaparecimento da arqueologia

Scholars have been contemplating archaeology’s demise for two decades. In this paper, we examine their critiques and predict that archaeologists will continue promoting archaeology—while ignoring its



Are We Postcolonial Yet? Tales from the Battlefield

This paper questions whether archaeological thinking and practice have become post-colonial and ethically and politically aware and sophisticated, and comments on a number of instances

The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Captial: Excavations in Annapolis

  • M. Leone
  • History
    Cambridge Archaeological Journal
  • 2008
Over the last two decades, there has been increasing attention to community archaeology, an archaeology which acknowledges the impact of archaeological research upon the communities among which it is

Handbook of postcolonial archaeology

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

Archaeology and Capitalism: From Ethics to Politics

The editors and contributors to this volume focus on the inherent political nature of archaeology and its impact on the practice of the discipline. Pointing to the discipline's history of advancing

Collaborating at the Trowel’s Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology

A fundamental issue for twenty-first century archaeologists is the need to better direct their efforts toward supporting rather than harming indigenous peoples. Collaborative indigenous archaeology

Archaeology and the politics of pedagogy

It is argued here that pedagogy, rather than being a passive process of delivery, is part of the field of cultural politics, a contested domain, a public sphere where knowledges, views and

Reading the past : current approaches to interpretation in archaeology

The third edition of this classic introduction to archaeological theory and method has been fully updated to address the burgeoning of theoretical debate throughout the discipline. Ian Hodder and

Native American religion versus archaeological science: A pernicious dichotomy revisited

Adversarial relations between science and religion have recurred throughout Western History. Archaeologists figure prominently in a recent incarnation of this debate as members of a hegemonic

Alternative Archaeologies: Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist

This article examines similarities and differences in the questions that prehistoric archaeologists ask and the answers that they are predisposed to accept as reasonable in different parts of the

Archaeology as Disaster Capitalism

Archaeology is a form of disaster capitalism, characterized by specialist managers whose function is the clearance of Indigenous heritage from the landscape, making way for economic development. When