By A. José Farrujia de la Rosa
This e-book analyses the problematics of archaeological history administration within the Canary Islands, that are echoed in different elements of the realm the place the indigenous background is under-represented. The present-day administration of Canarian archaeological history has a really particular and strange context on condition that the archipelago is found at the fringes of Europe, belonging to Spain and for this reason to the ecu Unión, yet geographically and when it comes to early heritage being a part of Africa. From a theoretical standpoint, then, the proposed ebook analyzes matters similar to the results of colonialism and eurocentrism at the administration of the archaeological historical past. It additionally examines the evolutionist and historico-cultural types used to research previous societies and, eventually, used to create identities that impression archaeological background administration itself. From a realistic perspective, the publication offers a suggestion for boosting the archaeological background of the Canary Islands throughout the production of archaeological parks (providing a few concrete examples on the subject of the town of l. a. Laguna) and the lively involvement of the local people. Parallel to this, the publication considers the Canarian Archipelago as a part of a challenging that's not distinct to this region yet is an instance of bad indigenous background administration total. It demonstrates how the process heritage and the politics of the previous nonetheless have an over the top impression at the manner during which the present-day archaeological historical past is interpreted and controlled. accordingly, this ebook presents a nearly distinct chance for uncovering the background of archaeology in the margins of Europe (in truth, in an African zone) and exploring colonial and international impacts. in lots of methods it's a reflect of archaeological mainstreams and an workout in (re)thinking the purpose and standing of present-day archaeology.
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Benítez founded the Villa Benítez Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Farrujia 2010, Chap. 3). In their time, these archaeological collections were considered museums, given that they were designed to be visited. However, although they contained some interesting items and archaeological remains from indigenous Canarian settlements, they should not be considered actual museums but simply collections of antiquities and curios assembled by their owners, who usually had no academic training, as Ramírez (1997, p.
Cave-dwelling was one of the arguments used at the time for classifying indigenous Canarian societies as prehistoric historical accident into account, giving the impression that all societies evolved inexorably into states. Finally, it should be remembered that the European evolutionist archaeology and anthropology developed in Africa after colonial partitioning or, in other words, after the Berlin Conference of 1884–1885, was a clear example of European imperialistic interventionism. In this sense, the French archaeology developed in the Canary Islands at the end of the nineteenth century was clearly influenced by colonial interests and motivations, because evolutionist theories provided, among other things, a justification for European superiority and its consequent colonial domination of Africa and the Canary Islands (Farrujia 2005).
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An Archaeology of the Margins: Colonialism, Amazighity and Heritage Management in the Canary Islands by A. José Farrujia de la Rosa