The Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean are some of the most politically charged regions in which archaeology is implicated. Historically, they played a formative role in the birth of archaeology as a discipline. Archaeology Under Fire addresses archaeology's role in current political issues, including the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, the division of Cyprus, and the continued destruction of Beirut. The contributors consider the positive role of the past as a means of reconciliation, whether it be in Turkey, Israel, and the Gulf. They advocate a responsible global archaeology, and an awareness of contemporary issues can only enhance this aim.

chapter |12 pages

Archaeology matters

ByLynn Meskell

chapter Chapter 1|31 pages

Archaeology, politics and the cultural heritage of Cyprus

ByA. Bernard Knapp, Sophia Antoniadou

chapter Chapter 2|24 pages

The past is ours

Images of Greek Macedonia
ByKostas Kotsakis

chapter Chapter 4|24 pages

Bulgarian archaeology

Ideology, sociopolitics and the exotic
ByDouglass W. Bailey

chapter Chapter 5|13 pages

Ideology and archaeology in Turkey

ByMehmet Özdogan

chapter Chapter 6|16 pages

The past as passion and play

Çatalhöyük as a site of conflict in the construction of multiple pasts
ByIan Hodder

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

Beirut's memorycide

Hear no evil, see no evil
ByAlbert Farid Henry Naccache

chapter Chapter 8|16 pages

Conjuring Mesopotamia

Imaginative geography and a world past
ByZainab Bahrani

chapter Chapter 9|14 pages

Whose game is it anyway?

The political and social transformations of American Biblical Archaeology
ByNeil Asher Silberman

chapter Chapter 10|11 pages

The Gulf Arab states and their archaeology

ByD.T. Potts

chapter Chapter 11|17 pages


Archaeological materiality and national identity in Egypt
ByFekri A. Hassan

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

Ancient Egypt in America

Claiming the riches
ByAnn Macy Roth