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Archaeologies

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 514–527 | Cite as

Community Archaeology: A Threat or an Opportunity for Greek Archaeology?

  • Anastasia SakellariadiEmail author
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Abstract

The development of archaeology in Greece has been determined by the central role classical antiquity played in the European and Greek imagination. Classical archaeology, with its aesthetic view of the material culture, has dominated the discipline and its popular perception ever since. The state has been entrusted with the exclusive authority on archaeological heritage because of its national importance. This paper argues that the combination of the classical and state monopoly has led to the isolation of Greek archaeology from the world and from the Greek people. The aim is to critically assess Greek archaeology and introduce community archaeology as a means to make archaeology relevant to the Greek people.

Keywords

Greek archaeology Community archaeology State archaeology Archaeological resource management Public benefits 

Résumé

Le développement de l’archéologie en Grèce a été déterminé par le rôle central qu’a joué l’antiquité classique dans l’imaginaire européen et grec. L’archéologie classique, avec sa vision esthétique de la culture matérielle, a dominé la discipline et sa perception populaire depuis. L’État exerce une autorité exclusive en matière de patrimoine archéologique en raison de son importance nationale. Cette étude soutient que la combinaison du monopole classique de l’État a conduit à l’isolement de l’archéologie grecque vis-à-vis du monde et du peuple grec. L’objectif est d’évaluer de façon critique l’archéologie grecque et d’introduire l’archéologie de la communauté comme un moyen de pratiquer l’archéologie présentant un intérêt pour le peuple grec.

Resumen

El desarrollo de la arqueología en Grecia ha estado determinado por el papel central que la antigüedad clásica desempeñó en la imaginación griega y europea. La arqueología clásica, con su perspectiva estética de la cultura material, ha dominado la disciplina y su percepción popular desde entonces. Al estado se le ha confiado la autoridad exclusiva sobre el patrimonio arqueológico por su importancia nacional. En este trabajo se argumenta que la combinación del monopolio clásico y estatal ha llevado al aislamiento de la arqueología griega del mundo y de la gente griega. El objetivo es evaluar críticamente la arqueología griega y presentar la arqueología comunitaria como un medio para hacer que la arqueología sea relevante para los griegos.

Notes

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank Akira Matsuda and Nigel Sadler for inviting me to participate in this volume and the Institute of Archaeology and the Graduate School of UCL for providing me with a grant to participate in the WAC Inter-Congress in Jamaica in 2007, where an earlier version of this paper was presented. Finally, I would like to thank the editors of Archaeologies and two anonymous reviewers for their invaluable comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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