orser jr on eurocentrism and archaeology

09Nov12

Charles E. Orser Jr., ‘An Archaeology of Eurocentrism’, American Antiquity 77, 4 (2012). 

The role of Europe and Europeans in the archaeology of post-1500 history has recently been critiqued. Some research has been pejoratively labeled Eurocentrism. This paper addresses the problems with adopting an emotional understanding of Eurocentrism and argues instead for its archaeological examination within the framework of an explicit multiscalar modern- world (historical) archaeology. An example comes from seventeenth-century Dutch settlements located in and around present-day Albany, New York.



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