The Archaeology of Colonialism

SKU: 978-0892366354
Title: The Archaeology of Colonialism
  • Edited by Claire L. Lyons and John K. Papadopoulos

    The Archaeology of Colonialism demonstrates how artifacts are not only the residue of social interaction but also instrumental in shaping identities and communities.

    Claire Lyons and John Papadopoulos summarize the complex issues addressed by this collection of essays. Next are four case studies illustrating the use of archaeological artifacts to reconstruct social structures. Gil Stein analyzes ceramic objects from Mesopotamian colonists in fourth-millennium Anatolia. Adolfo Domínguez assesses Greek influence on early Iberian sculpture and language. Kenneth Kelly investigates how architecture on the west African coast changed after European slave traders arrived. Peter van Dommelen studies settlements across Punic Sardinia to assess the blending of cultures.

    The remaining essays look at the roles myth, ritual, and religion played in forming colonial identities. Irad Malkin identifies the cultural middle ground established among Greeks, Etruscans, and locals of the Bay of Naples. Nicholas Thomas evaluates clothing as an instrument of Spanish colonialism in nineteenth-century Oceania. Tom Cummins looks at sixteenth-century Andean urban planning and kinship relations. Stacey Jordan and Carmel Schrire consider how the Dutch East India Company settlement at the Cape of Good Hope helped shape colonial South Africa.

    Claire Lyons is head of the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. John Papadapoulos is former associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

    "A major contribution to the larger project of comprehending colonialism in all its nuances."
    —Journal of African History

    "Succeeds brilliantly."
    —Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    "Provides important insights and is highly recommended for all historical archaeologists."
    —Historical Archaeology

    296 pages
    7 x 10 inches
    90 b/w illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-635-4

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    Imprint: Getty Research Institute