Globalism and Archaeology (Duckworth Debates in Archaeology)

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9780715635506: Globalism and Archaeology (Duckworth Debates in Archaeology)
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This series of short volumes, each devoted to a theme which is the subject of contemporary debate in archaeology, ranges from issues in theory and method to aspects of world archaeology. Blown-up Buddhas in Afghanistan and the looted National Museum in Iraq - What do they have in common? They involve the destruction of archaeological remains. Archaeology, the study of the human past through its material remains, is increasingly in the headlines but for all the wrong reasons. This book describes the ways in which archaeological contexts are being destroyed everyday around the world. The underlying cause behind all types of destruction is globalisation, in which archaeology plays a central role. Cultural tourism relating to archaeology has fuelled the demand for long-distance travel. Archaeological sites are the subject of many popular media broadcasts and films, which in turn fuels trade in licit and illicit antiquities. Material culture is increasingly used by people to redefine their personal, community and/or nation's identity as political borders change and economic markets open.

Gillian Wallace argues powerfully that archaeology has been overlooked not only in its role in globalisation, but also as a powerful resource in combating its negative aspects. Archaeological investigations can create long-lasting skills and self-sufficient communities in the developed and developing world. As such, archaeology is not just the means to learn about past societies, but also a formidable tool in development.

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