Imagining an Archaeology of the Future: Capitalism and Colonialism Past and Present

  • Stephen A. MrozowskiEmail author


This paper explores how doing history backward may allow archaeologists to begin imagining an archaeology of the future. The purpose of such an archaeology would be two-fold: first, to examine the past from the vantage point of the present as a way of better understanding the past as precondition, and second, to critically examine the present with an eye toward imagining how archaeology might be able to influence the future. Drawing on case studies that offer windows on the growth of capitalist production and the continuing impacts of colonialism, this paper seeks to demonstrate the power of using archaeology to link past and present. By focusing on the ideological dimensions of processes such as commoditization and the erasure of indigenous histories I hope to highlight the value of doing history backward and its potential for constructing an archaeology of the future.


Abstraction Commoditizaton Capitalism Colonialism 


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  1. 1.Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

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