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Introduction: Postcolonialism and Archaeology

Writing as we do from two settler coloniesAustralia and the United States-that continue to struggle with their pasts, we are confronted every day by the legacies of colonialism in the form of persistent structural inequalities within our societies, which determine differing life expectancies, health care, education, and other basic rights for more or less privileged groups. As archaeologists, our professional and intellectual concern with the past makes very clear to us that these inequalities originate from the colonial experiences of our countries. This volume explores the relationship between the postcolonial critique and archaeology, two fields of intellectual endeavor that intersect in a growing body of research concerned with the concrete and pervasive heritage of colonialism and imperialism.