By P. Gathercole
This stimulating assortment demonstrates the inadequacy of a historical past that's continuously written by means of the ``winners.'' Drawing on unique reviews from Africa, North the USA, Australia and the Pacific with a view to make its issues, The Politics of the prior emphasizes that archaeology has a vital position to play in selling a extra balanced, eclectic method of the previous. The essays within the e-book are prepared round 4 subject matters: the kinds and results of the Eurocentric historical past, the conflicting views of rulers and governed, the importance of administrative and institutional rivalries, and the divide among specialist and well known perspectives of archaeology. This illuminating booklet goals to counterpoint old and archaeological inquiry and interpretation.
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We discuss our findings under three broad categories that delineate ways in which we believe the magazine used archaeological research to further its goals. Grosvenor’s first paid employee and a long-time National Geographic editor, recognized the power of glamourized knowledge: ‘Behind the term geography is exploration. Behind that is adventure and just over the hill is romance’ (Hellman 1943, p. 29). Behind archaeology in the magazine is an intensification of drama that portrays archaeology as a process of exploration and discovery, emphasizing resource extraction and a search for treasure.
In theory and, as much of this book demonstrates, increasingly also in practice, archaeology can help to ensure that history is not written only by the winners. It is said that when Jack Golson, an archaeologist at the Australian National University, advertised a lecture in Port Moresby entitled ‘50000 years of Papua New Guinea history’ (the evidence for which was mainly archaeological), people trekked for miles to hear him. Hitherto, history had been about white people. Now it would be about everybody.
11–40. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. -M. 1981. The rediscovery of Greece. London: Thames & Hudson. Whitehouse, D. Whitehouse. 1975. Archaeological atlas of the world. London: Thames & Hudson. Woolley, L. 1954 (1982). S. Moorey). London: Herbert Press. 2 Public presentations and private concerns: archaeology in the pages of National Geographic JOAN GERO & DOLORES ROOT This study attempts to understand how archaeology participates in the formation of the dominant political ideology of America.