Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2012

13 November 2013

From Archaeology to Archaeologies: The ‘Other’ Past

Edited by Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw & Eleni Stefanou

From Archaeology to Archaeologies: The ‘Other’ Past

City: Oxford

Year: 2012

Publisher: Archaeopress

Series: BAR International Series 2409

Description: Paperback, 105 p., 9 illustrations, 29,7x21 cm


The idea for this volume emerged from critical self-reflection about diverse archaeological practices in a session presented at the 13th European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting (Zadar, Croatia, 2007), in particular the conflicting relationship between the ‘mainstream’ and the ‘alternative’. The field of so-called ‘fringe’ or ‘alternative’ archaeology is vast and multifaceted, ranging from pseudoarchaeology, ‘bad’ archaeology practices, conspiracy theories and claims about lost civilizations to extraterrestrial cultures, (neo)shamanism, religious and/or nationalist demands. All these agendas have in common the fact that, through their differentiated readings and appropriations of the past, they create solidarities amongst their supporters.


Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw & Eleni Stefanou, ‘From archaeology to archaeologies: themes, challenges and borders of the ‘other’ past’ [9-13]

Michael Cremo, ‘An insider‘s view of an alternative archaeology’ [14-19]

Tera Pruitt, ‘Performance, participation and pyramids: addressing meaning and method behind alternative archaeology in Visoko, Bosnia’ [20-32]

Liv Nilsson Stutz, ‘Marginal and mainstream. Religion, politics and identity in the contemporary US, as seen through the lens of the Kennewick Man / The Ancient One’ [33-44]

Paul Hubbard & Robert S. Burrett, ‘A clash of ideologies: Zimbabwean archaeology at the fringe’ [45-55]

Anna Zalewska, ‘Academic constructs about the past and early education as (dis)entangled components of identity formation processes’ [56-66]

Marcia Bezerra, ‘Archaeology as allegory: the representations of archaeology in children’s literature in Brazil’ [67-76]

Diane Scherzler, ‘A look in the mirror and the perspective of others on the portrayal of archaeology in the mass media’ [77-85]

Ioanna Antoniadou, ‘‘Looting’ unveiled, archaeology revealed: case studies from western Greece’ [86-92]

Fay Stevens, ‘Visual collision? prehistoric rock art and graffiti in an Armenian landscape’ [93-101]

Cornelius Holtorf, ‘The colours of the past’ [102-105]


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