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An Archaeology of Eurocentrism

TitleAn Archaeology of Eurocentrism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsOrser, CE
JournalAmerican Antiquity
KeywordsArchaeology, Eurocentrism, Historical archaeology, New York, Racism

The role of Europe and Europeans in the archaeology of post-1500 history has recently been critiqued. Some research has been pejoratively labeled Eurocentrism. This paper addresses the problems with adopting an emotional understanding of Eurocentrism and argues instead for its archaeological examination within the framework of an explicit multiscalar modern- world (historical) archaeology. An example comes from seventeenth-century Dutch settlements located in and around present-day Albany, New York.