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Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology
Jane Lydon (Editor); Uzma Z. Rizvi (Editor)
525 pp. / 7.00 x 10.00 / Oct, 2010
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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
"I would say that this volume is 'a major statement on the emerging field of post-colonial archaeology, which amply demonstrates how much excellent work there is in this area across the world. Colonial histories are of interest to everyone and this volume demonstrates the range and force of current archaeological writing and thinking in this area "

- Chris Gosden

" 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

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

This title is sponsored by World Archaeological Congress.

The World Archaeological Congress is the only archaeological organisation with elected global representation. Membership is open to archaeologists, heritage managers and members of the public.WAC is committed to the scientific investigation of the past and the protection of cultural heritage worldwide. It supports the empirical investigation and appreciation of the political contexts within which research is conducted and interpreted, and promotes dialogue and debate among advocates of different views of the past. It is committed to diversity and to redressing global inequities in archaeology, through scholarly programs. WAC has a special interest in protecting the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, minorities and economically disadvantaged countries. It encourages the participation of Indigenous peoples, researchers from low-income countries and members of the public who are interested in cultural heritage.

WAC Promotes
* Scientific Research and publication on the material remains of the past.
* Public Education to provide communities with information to participate in archaeological work.
* Professional Education and Training for economically disadvantaged nations, groups and communities.
* Action Research addressing issues relevant to the empowerment and betterment of Indigenous groups, minorities and the poor.
* Conservation of cultural heritage that is threatened by looting, vandalism, urban growth, tourism, development or war.

Left Coast Press, Inc. publishes two book series for the Congress, WAC Research Handbooks in Archaeology and the One World Archaeology Series (formerly published by Routledge and UCL Press; Left Coast Press volumes begin with volume 48, 2006).

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