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Rethinking ColonialismComparative Archaeological Approaches$
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Craig N. Cipolla and Katherine Howlett Hayes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060705

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060705.001.0001

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Comparative Colonialism and Indigenous Archaeology

Comparative Colonialism and Indigenous Archaeology

Exploring the Intersections

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(p.213) 11 Comparative Colonialism and Indigenous Archaeology
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Rethinking Colonialism
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Stephen W. Silliman

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060705.003.0011

The growing popularity of comparative colonial studies as a way to study the past and of community-based archaeologies as a way to situate studies of the past in the present brings the need to reflect upon them jointly and carefully. This chapter takes up that challenge by highlighting the origins of indigenous archaeology and some projections about its future, attending to definitional parameters of colonialism across time and space, drawing attention to multiethnic and shared histories, and, most importantly, advocating for a “pivot point” between lateral comparative studies of colonialism and longitudinal studies of indigenous histories. The latter remains important to ensure that studies of comparative colonialism do not set long-term indigenous histories adrift and do not lose sight of the legacies of colonialism in heritage and politics, and that studies of long-term indigenous histories do not become disconnected from broader comparative perspectives.

Keywords:   comparative colonialism, indigenous archaeology, indigenous history, community-based archaeology, heritage, politics

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