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Recovering Authenticity: West-Bank Settlers and the Second Stage of National Archaeology

Michael Feige

in Selective Remembrances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226450582
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0010
Recovering Authenticity: West-Bank Settlers and the Second Stage of National Archaeology

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This chapter investigates how a fringe religious group can influence archaeological study and interpretive outcomes, focusing on Gush Emunim's stake in archaeological pursuits in Israel. It describes how Gush Emunim appropriated the scientific discourse of archaeology to substantiate religious legends and discusses the uneasy intersection between archaeology and nationalism. This chapter also explores how national archaeology tends to reappear as a subversive practice in post-ideological societies.

Keywords: religious group; Gush Emunim; national archaeology; Israel; scientific discourse; nationalism

Chapter.  8685 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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