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Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology
Decolonizing approaches in archaeology emerged as a means to counter the dominance of colonial ideologies and improve the accuracy of Indigenous representations. Historically, the routines of mainstream archaeological practices have been shaped by Western (primarily elite Euro-American) beliefs and categories. Although Indigenous people have long been used as informants, Western scientists have exerted control over Indigenous property, and Indigenous knowledges and concerns have been pushed to the margins. Decolonizing has both political and practical effects; it alters power relations among scientists and subjects, while also expanding the volume and accuracy of available Indigenous data.
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Bruchac, M. (2014). Decolonization in Archaeological Theory. In Smith, C. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, 2069-2077. New York: Springer.
Date Posted: 01 March 2018