The Story of the World Archaeological Congress, by Peter Ucko PDF Print E-mail

Academic Freedom and Apartheid: The story of the World Archaeological Congress
by P J Ucko

First published by Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd.

Copyright 1987

Reproduced by permission of Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd.


This is Peter Ucko's personal account of the origins of the World Archaeological Congress, from the International academic conference of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciencies (IUPPS) to an indenpendent conference held at Southampton.

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Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:29

Based on a paper presented by Dr Joan Gero at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 18, 1999


Since the immediate objects of archaeological study are not human beings -- but rather material remains -- archaeology has been thought, by its practitioners and by others, to lack a critical perspective in the modern world. Archaeology is perceived as a curiously a-political, "head-in-the-sand" endeavor with little relevance to contemporary social and political life. In this brief paper I argue that archaeology indeed has undertaken its own critical trajectory parallel to the critical perspectives that have developed in other areas of anthropology, and that this perspective motivates and is most visible in the World Archaeological Congress.
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