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By Randall H. McGuire

ISBN-10: 0520254910

ISBN-13: 9780520254916

This booklet develops a conception 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 background of archaeological thought and Marxist dialectical idea to indicate how archaeologists can use their craft to judge interpretations of the true international, build significant histories for groups, and problem the chronic legacies of colonialism and sophistication fight. McGuire bases his dialogue on his personal vast fieldwork within the usa and Mexico, mentioning attention-grabbing case stories to advance the belief of archaeology as a class-based undertaking.

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The Catalonian government then constructed the monument and inscribed it in Catalán to honor the martyrs of 1714. On our way to Santa María del Mar, we walked past the main cathedral of the city. Here, on the west side of the cathedral, we passed a memorial erected in the nineteenth century to a different martyrdom. On a wall behind a fountain, tiles hand painted with Castilian text and drawings told the story of two residents of Barcelona who opposed the French during Napoleon’s invasion of Spain (1808–1813).

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 museum in the excavated basement consisted of interpretive panels that told the history of Nazi atrocities at the site. The panels listed the names of people whom the Nazis had tortured and killed there. In the museum’s first year, over three hundred thousand people visited this impromptu exhibition. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the automaker DaimlerBenz proposed expanding its headquarters building over the site. Public support for the museum, however, grew. In 1992, the government of Berlin incorporated the Foundation Topography of Terror to build and administer a permanent museum at the site (Rürup 2002).

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