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Archaeology and Empire Research Network
Archaeology as a discipline has been strongly shaped by empires. Many of the ‘great discoveries’ of early archaeology related to empires of antiquity, and at the same time involved participants in more modern empires. More recently, the impact of postcolonialism upon archaeology has been profound, but can archaeologists escape the imperial legacy – particularly if they study Assyrian, Roman, Aztec, or other imperial cultures? This proposed network will explore these distinct but overlapping themes: the contributions that archaeology can make to the study of past empires, and the role of imperialism in the practice of archaeology over recent centuries. These themes can be united by considering the role that material culture – and the study of material culture – plays in colonial and imperial situations. This network can therefore potentially encompass questions relating to particular kinds of complex society as well as fundamental issues of archaeological epistemology.
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  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
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  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
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  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
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  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
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  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
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