Excavating Masada: The Politics-Archaeology Connection at Work

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

in Selective Remembrances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226450582
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450643 | DOI:
Excavating Masada: The Politics-Archaeology Connection at Work

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This chapter examines the connection between politics and archaeology in relation to the main excavations in Masada during 1963–1965 headed by Yigael Yadin. It suggests that Yadin and others constructed interpretations for Masada that supported the Masada mythical narrative, which is a political ideological narrative. This was accomplished by contextualizing the findings within the mythical narrative.

Keywords: politics; archaeology; excavations; Masada; Yigael Yadin; mythical narrative; political ideological narrative

Chapter.  11228 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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