The Liberating Power of Archaeology : Changing Aims and Directions in Archaeology

Archaeology and exhibition The experiences of collections and the language by which archaeological objects are made to speak are the means by which a past is created and the future is shaped. Discourse and imagery in archaeology, history and other intellectual pursuits originate and are perpetuated by corporeal experiences of people and things. Exhibitions of archaeological […]

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Droughts, Famine and the Collapse of the Old Kingdom: Re-Reading Ipuwer

Egyptology has benefited immensely from David O’Connor’s commitment to an anthropological approach to ancient Egypt. Instead of an overemphasis on the complexities of deciphering texts that are luckily pursued by most Egyptologists, he has ventured into the domain of trying to make sense of the results of such decipherments using anthropological insights. I first came […]

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The Lie of History

Interpreting the relationship between people and their environment for developing future scenarios of people on Earth requires, as a first step, an understanding of human history beyond current accounts, which are mostly informed by the political ideologies of the “modern” nation-state. This chapter contends that the nation-state, which still shapes the current political arena, is […]

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