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Colonial origins book
This chapter explores what might be called the prehistory of the disciplines of archaeology
and anthropology, that is the period before they became institutionalised subjects of
teaching and research with their own methodologies, expectation of results, forms of
training and academic departments. In time this consideration takes us from the beginning
of the modern colonial period in the fifteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.
Much of this period saw Europeans coming to terms with forms of life quite different from