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Cultural History, Race, and Peoples

Adam Stout

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial

Published in print May 2013 | ISBN: 9780199569069
Published online August 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199569069.013.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Cultural History, Race, and Peoples

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This chapter looks at the epistemic development of British burial archaeology up until the mid-20th century within the wider European context. It examines how prehistoric mortuary remains were harnessed to the cause of competing nationalist agendas and the growth of racial interpretations. The history of burial archaeology emerges as both a good barometer of contemporary social concerns and also a useful corrective to the kind of archaeological teleology that equates technological innovation with social progress.

Keywords: teleology; diffusion; craniometry; racial theories; invasion; British archaeology; barrow-openers; cultural archaeology

Article.  4949 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Contemporary and Public Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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