Nationalism, Politics and the Practice of Archaeology by Philip L. Kohl, Clare Fawcett

By Philip L. Kohl, Clare Fawcett

Archaeology has frequently been placed to political use, relatively by way of nationalists. This well timed assortment levels from propaganda reasons served by means of archaeology within the Nazi kingdom to lesser-known situations of ideological archaeology in different places. A amazing workforce of foreign students highlights universal threads in those reports, arguing that archaeologists must be extra refined concerning the use and abuse in their stories. The ebook increases cogent questions relating not just archaeology, but additionally background and anthropology normally.

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The small number offinds would indicate that this settlement was at an early stage, and that the population of Attica as a whole was still low. The Early Geometric to Middle Geometric I period. There appears to have been no further foundation ofnew settlements at this time. The only new site is perhaps Palaia Kokkinia, and, although it is unlikely that Anavyssos ceased to be occupied, we only have evidence from Eleusis, Marathon and Thorikos. But the amount of material is much greater than in the preceding period.

The demarcation ofspace. It was at this time that extensive use was made throughout Greece of Near Eastern artistic forms, and Near Eastern craft skills now had appreciable effect on Greek Art. But the most significant of these imported Near Eastern technologies were alphabetic scripts. It is curious that, although contacts had been established a century earlier, the adoption of both alphabetic scripts and Near Eastern artistic conventions in mainland Greece had to wait until the late eighth century.

Although I shall be concentrating almost'entirely on a detailed examination of the graves from Athens (and not all of those), it is first necessary to place Athens in some kind of regional perspective. One major feature ofthe Attic evidence, as is the case in most areas ofGreece, is the large number of graves. Settlement evidence comes only from Athens and Thorikos. Sanctuaries are known or inferred from Eleusis, Mount Hymettos, Brauron, the Academy and the Acropolis itself (here I exclude the numerous, poorly dated and illrecorded peak sanctuaries mentioned by Langdon 1976, 100-6).

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