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Rethinking Colonial Pasts through Archaeology

Neal Ferris, Rodney Harrison, and Michael V. Wilcox


This book explores the archaeologies of daily living left by the indigenous and other displaced peoples impacted by Europe's colonial expansion over the last 600 years. This new, comparative focus on the archaeology of indigenous and colonised life has emerged from the gap in conceptual frames of reference between the archaeologies of pre-contact indigenous peoples, and the post-contact archaeologies of the global European experience. Case studies from North America, Australia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Ireland significantly revise conventional historical narratives of those interactions, the ... More

Keywords: archaeology, daily living, Europe, colonial expansion, indigenous peoples, nation states, de-colonisation, history, North America, Caribbean

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696697
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199696697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neal Ferris, editor
Lawson Chair of Canadian Archaeology, University of Western Ontario

Rodney Harrison, editor
Reader in Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies, University College London

Michael V. Wilcox, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

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Neal Ferris, Rodney Harrison, and Matthew A. Beaudoin

Part I Ambiguous Definitions and Discordances

1 Shared Histories

Rodney Harrison

4 Pruning Colonialism

Kurt A. Jordan

Part II Colonizing and Decolonizing Spaces, Places, Things, and Identities

5 The Nature of Culture

M. Dores Cruz

11 Casting Identity

Diana DiPaolo Loren

Part III Displacement, Hybridity, and Colonizing the Colonial

Part IV Contested Pasts and Contemporary Implications

18 Archaeology Taken to Court

Andrew Martindale

Commentary and Afterword

21 Commentary

Peter van Dommelen

22 Commentary

Chris Gosden

23 Afterword

Ann B. Stahl

End Matter