Archaeology generally involves the excavation of the material remains of past peoples and civilizations. These remains can be, and often are, used to push contemporary political agendas, especially ones regarding nation-building or governmental legitimacy. For their part, archaeologists are divided as to how often this phenomenon occurs and whether it is good or bad. This study explores its subject matter by analyzing the politicized archaeology programs of five countries: Greece, Israel, Mexico, China, and Germany. I use these cases to elucidate the modern debate and its historical precedents.
O'Keefe, Trevin, "An Analysis of How Political Agendas Affect Archaeological Research" (2019). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8318.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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