What is ‘European Archaeology’? What Should it be?

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‘European archaeology’ is an ambiguous and contested rubric. Rooted in the political histories of European archaeology, it potentially unites an academic field and provides a basis for international collaboration and inclusion, but also creates essentialized identities and exclusionary discourses. This discussion article presents a range of views on what European archaeology is, where it comes from, and what it could be.


  • Europe, ARCHAEOLOGY, politics, GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, Heritage
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-35
JournalEuropean Journal of Archaeology
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

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