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This book uses case studies from Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America to explore the interplay between the sociopolitical context of specific national, regional or local archaeological traditions and the variety of interpretations of the past made by archaeologists and others. A key question asked throughout the book is whether multivocality, a concept derived from postmodern theory and embedded in the political, social and intellectual traditions of Britain and North America, is welcome or applicable in other parts of the world. The diversity of topics and geographical areas covered in the chapters allows readers to understand the dynamic nature of the relationship between archaeology, sociopolitical conditions, and peoples' identities in regional and historical settings.
The volume concludes with discussions by Alison Wylie, Ian Hodder, and Bruce Trigger who revisit past research but also look forward to the future of alternate archaeologies, multivocality and multiple narratives.
Introduction.- Part I. Operationalizing Multivocality. Introduction. An Ethical Epistemology of Publicly Engaged Biocultural Research: Archaeology of the New York African Burial Ground. Multiple Voices for Many Ears in Indigenous Archaeological Practice. “Making a Home”: Archaeologies of the Medieval English Village. Critical Histories of Archaeological Practice: Latin American and North American Interpretations in a Honduran Context.- Part II. Evaluating Multiple Narratives In Various Regional And Historical Settings. Introduction. Science or Narrative? Multiple interpretations of the Sannai Maruyama site, Japan. Divided We Stand: Archaeology in Korea after the Korean War. Multiscalar Approaches to Multivocality: A Case Study from Serbia. Virtual Viewpoints: Marketing the Past in a Globalized World.- Part III. Providing Alternative Interpretations. Introduction. Alternative States. Disentangling Irish, English and Scandinavian Contributions in the Archaeology of Viking Dublin. Dominant Narratives, Multivocality, and the Practice of Bolivian Archaeology: The Case of Tiwanaku.- Part IV. Discussion. “Alternative Archaeologies” in Historical Perspective.