Archaeologists as Activists: Can Archaeologists Change the World? is comprised of papers edited by M. Jay Stottman—many of which were initially prepared for a session at the 2004 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in St. Louis. The focus of this volume is “activist archaeology” as theorized and performed by archaeologists working in the last few decades in the United States. While the specific topics addressed are quite local, the questions raised and practices deployed are highly significant for archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians engaged in international settings. First, I must make a few disclaimers. This reviewer is neither a field archaeologist nor a specialist in American history. Instead, I am a historian of ancient religions with an expertise in the ethics of historical belief regularly working in Jerusalem. I am especially interested in the application of the authors’ various forms of “activist archaeology” in this alternative turbulent setting where the representation of the past is regularly a tool in the service of political, economic, religious, as well as other societal and human interests.
"Archaeologists as Activists - M. Jay Stottman,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 1, Article 13.
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