Jane Lydon and Uzma Z. Rizvi (eds.), Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology (World Archaeological Congress Research Handbooks in Archaeology, Volume 3); Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA, 2010, 525 pp. ISBN 978-1-59874-182-7
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This volume, which successfully aspires to be multiperspectival and global, draws together a balance of compelling cases to address the postcolonial critique and archaeology. Five themes and 38 chapters—really, succinct vignettes—articulate skillfully the primary framings, approaches, and outcomes of “postcolonial archaeology” on the six inhabited continents. Africa receives attention in the text, including chapters that emphasize case studies influential to arguments relevant to other world regions or to broad themes of postcolonial practice. The Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology (2010) consistently integrates Africa and its people and pasts, a positive trend in world archaeology.
The editors of the handbook—Jane Lydon and Uzma Rizvi—lead off the volume with a concise and useful introduction to the postcolonial critique and its application in archaeology. They parse the volume into five sections, each comprised of a topical summary, case studies from different areas of the globe,...
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