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The Archaeology of Colonialism

The Archaeology of Colonialism


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The Archaeology of Colonialism

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. Four case studies illustrate the use of archaeological artifacts to reconstruct social structures. They include ceramic objects from Mesopotamian colonists in fourth-millennium Anatolia; the Greek influence on early Iberian sculpture and language; the influence of architecture on the West African coast; and settlements across Punic Sardinia that indicate the blending of cultures.
The remaining essays look at the roles myth, ritual, and religion played in forming colonial identities. In particular, they discuss the cultural middle ground established among Greeks and Etruscans; clothing as an instrument of European colonialism in nineteenth-century Oceania; sixteenth-century Andean urban planning and kinship relations; and the Dutch East India Company settlement at the Cape of Good Hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892366354
Publisher: Getty Publications
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Series: Issues & Debates Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Claire Lyons is collections curator at the Getty Research Institute. John Papadapoulos is associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Table of Contents

Archaeology and Colonialism1
Part I.Objects
Colonies without Colonialism: A Trade Diaspora Model of Fourth Millennium B.C. Mesopotamian Enclaves in Anatolia27
Greeks in Iberia: Colonialism without Colonization65
Indigenous Responses to Colonial Encounters on the West African Coast: Hueda and Dahomey from the Seventeenth through Nineteenth Century96
Ambiguous Matters: Colonialism and Local Identities in Punic Sardinia121
Part II.Ideologies
A Colonial Middle Ground: Greek, Etruscan, and Local Elites in the Bay of Naples151
Colonizing Cloth: Interpreting the Material Culture of Nineteenth-Century Oceania182
Forms of Andean Colonial Towns, Free Will, and Marriage199
Material Culture and the Roots of Colonial Society at the South African Cape of Good Hope241
Biographical Notes on the Contributors273
Illustration Credits275

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