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: An Africa-Informed View of Postcolonial Archaeologies

ByPeter R. Schmidt, Karega Munene

The heterogeneity of the African colonial experience (e.g., Portuguese, Belgian, French, British, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Omani, Ethiopian) defies easy generalization about the trajectories of postcolonial experiences and thought. One point of commonality that transcends postcolonial heterogeneity, however, is that African and Africanist archaeologists, unlike many postcolonial theorists, do not depend exclusively on written texts by colonial and postcolonial writers to assess how we might examine and understand colonial legacies that persist in past and contemporary historical representations.