This essential handbook explores the relationship between the postcolonial critique and the field of archaeology, a discipline that developed historically in conjunction with European colonialism and imperialism. In aiding the movement to decolonize the profession, the contributors to this volume—themselves from six continents and many representing indigenous and minority communities and disadvantaged countries—suggest strategies to strip archaeological theory and practice of its colonial heritage and create a discipline sensitive to its inherent inequalities. Summary articles review the emergence of the discipline of archaeology in conjunction with colonialism, critique the colonial legacy evident in continuing archaeological practice around the world, identify current trends, and chart future directions in postcolonial archaeological research. Contributors provide a synthesis of research, thought, and practice on their topic. The articles embrace multiple voices and case study approaches, and have consciously aimed to recognize the utility of comparative work and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the past. This is a benchmark volume for the study of the contemporary politics, practice, and ethics of archaeology. Sponsored by the World Archaeological Congress

chapter 1|17 pages

Introduction: Postcolonialism and Archaeology

ByJane Lydon, Uzma Z. Rizvi

part I|106 pages

The Archaeological Critique of Colonization: Global Trajectories

chapter 2|12 pages

Colonialism and European Archaeology

ByAlfredo González-Ruibal

chapter 5|8 pages

The Colonial Legacy in the Archaeology of South Asia

ByDilip K. Chakrabarti

chapter 8|12 pages

Archaeology in Colonial and Postcolonial U.S.S.R.

ByPavel Dolukhanov

chapter 10|8 pages

Commentary: Archaeology Enters the 21st Century

ByThomas C. Patterson

part II|100 pages

Archaeological Narratives of Colonialism: Introductory Comments

chapter 11|20 pages

Writing New Archaeological Narratives: Indigenous North America

ByStephen W. Silliman

chapter 12|20 pages

The Archaeology of Historical Indigenous Australia

ByAlistair Paterson

chapter 14|16 pages

Encounters with Postcolonialism in Irish Archaeology

ByCharles E. Orser

chapter 15|12 pages

An Africa-Informed View of Postcolonial Archaeologies

ByPeter R. Schmidt, Karega Munene

chapter 17|6 pages

Commentary: Shades of the Colonial

ByO. Hugo Benavides

part III|82 pages

Addressing/Redressing the Past: Restitution, Repatriation, and Ethics

chapter 18|12 pages

Repatriation in the United States: the Current State of Nagpra

ByJon Daehnke, Amy Lonetree

chapter 19|10 pages

Repatriation: Australian Perspectives

ByMichael Green, Phil Gordon

chapter 21|10 pages

Cultural Property: Internationalism, Ethics, and Law

ByAlexander A. Bauer

part IV|78 pages

Colonial and Postcolonial Identities

chapter 25|24 pages

Gender and Sexuality

ByLouise Ströbeck

chapter 26|14 pages

Cultural Identity and Colonial and Postcolonial Archaeologies

BySarah K. Croucher

chapter 27|10 pages

Class Identity and Postcolonialism

ByGavin Lucas

chapter 28|12 pages

Race and Class

ByPaul R. Mullins

part V|104 pages

Strategies of Practice: Implementing the Postcolonial Critique

chapter 31|8 pages

Community Heritage and Partnership in Xcalakdzonot, Yucatán

ByFernando Armstrong-Fumero, Julio Hoil Gutierrez

chapter 33|16 pages

Archaeological Practice at the Cultural Interface

ByMartin Nakata, Bruno David

chapter 34|14 pages

Ethnographic Interventions

ByLynn Meskell

chapter 36|10 pages

Public Interest Anthropology: A Model for Engaged Research Tied to Action

ByPeggy Reeves Sanday

chapter 37|14 pages

Commentary: Cultural Resource Management, Public Archaeology, and Advocacy

ByCarol McDavid, Fred McGhee

chapter 38|10 pages

Epilogue: Postcolonialism and Archaeology

ByUzma Z. Rizvi, Jane Lydon