Justifying Genocide: Archaeology and the Construction of Difference

Arnold Bettina

in Annihilating Difference

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230286
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927575 | DOI:
Justifying Genocide: Archaeology and the Construction of Difference

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This chapter discusses how historical difference is created with archaeological “evidence” that provides an imagined identification between people and place. It shows that archeology has also been used to legitimate genocide in other contexts, such as the events surrounding the “Mountbuilder Myth.” This chapter also points out that archaeological evidence continues to be influenced by various peoples around the world in order to legitimate their nationalist claims.

Keywords: historical difference; archaeological evidence; imagined identification; legitimatizing genocide; Mountbuilder Myth; nationalist claims

Chapter.  9471 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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