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date: 06 December 2019

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This chapter explores the colonial contexts in which the theories and practices of archaeology emerged. It explores how archaeology has contributed to the intellectualization of colonialism and the transformation in academic traditions that have occurred over the past 30 years. A number of problems with the idea that archaeology is now ‘post-colonial’ are raised—issues that relate to the economics and politics of the contemporary world. The chapter explore how issues of theory, funding, and academic networking continue pre-existing relations of inequality that are inherited from former colonial situations. It is difficult to resolve these issues without first changing the geopolitics of the world. As a result, it is argued that archaeologists need to maintain a critical focus on the theories, methods, and practices that they adopt in creating knowledge about the past.

Keywords: imperialism, colonialism, post-colonialism, Indigenous/indigenous peoples, inequality

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