The Death of Prehistory

Hardcover | December 28, 2013

EditorPeter R. Schmidt, Stephen A. Mrozowski

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Since the eighteenth century, the concept of prehistory was exported by colonialism to far parts of the globe and applied to populations lacking written records. Prehistory in these settings came to represent primitive people still living in a state without civilization and its foremost index,literacy. Yet, many societies outside the Western world had developed complex methods of history making and documentation, including epic poetry and the use of physical and mental mnemonic devices. Even so, the deeply engrained concept of prehistory - deeply entrenched in European minds up to thebeginning of the twenty-first century - continues to deny history and historical identify to peoples throughout the world. The fourteen essays, by notable archaeologists of the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia, provide authoritative examples of how the concept of prehistory has diminished histories of other cultures outside the West and how archaeologists can reclaim more inclusive histories set within the idiom ofdeep histories - accepting ancient pre-literate histories as an integral part of the flow of human history.

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Since the eighteenth century, the concept of prehistory was exported by colonialism to far parts of the globe and applied to populations lacking written records. Prehistory in these settings came to represent primitive people still living in a state without civilization and its foremost index,literacy. Yet, many societies outside the W...

Peter Schmidt is Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Florida. He has engaged historical archaeology and the archaeology of ancient times in Africa for the last 45 years and his interests range across many theoretical issues and fields of practice, including ethnoarchaeology, symbolic studies, the social ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:December 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of FiguresNotes on Contributors1. Peter R. Schmidt and Stephen A. Mrozowski: Introduction: The Death of PrehistoryPart I: Histories of Prehistory2. Alice Kehoe: Prehistory's History3. Paul Lane: Presencing the Past: Implications for Bridging the History-Prehistory DividePart II: Perspectives Arising Out of Africa and India4. Jonathan Walz: Routes to History: Archaeology and Being Articulate in Eastern Africa5. Peter Schmidt: Historical Archaeology, Colonial Entanglements, and Recuperating 'Timeless' Histories through Structuralism6. Matthew Pawlowicz and Adria LaViolette: Swahili Historical Chronicles from an Archaeological Perspective: Bridging History, Archaeology, Coast, and Hinterland in Southern Tanzania7. Uzma Rizvi: Creating Prehistory and Protohistory: Constructing otherness and politics of contemporary indigenous populations in IndiaPart III: Perspective Arising Out of the Americas8. Rosemary G. Joyce and Russell Sheptak: History Interrupted: Doing 'Historical Archaeology' in Central America9. Kent Lightfoot: Rethinking the Archaeology of Human/Environmental: Interactions in Deep-Time History10. Jeffrey Hantman: Sites in History, History in Sites: Archaeology, historical anthropology and indigenous knowledge in the Chesapeake11. Stephen Mrozowski: The Tyranny of Prehistory and the Search for a Deeper History12. Rae Gould: Cultural Practice and Authenticity: The search for real Indians in New England in the 'historical' period13. Joseph Aguilar and Robert Preucel: Pueblo Time, Space, and History in the Aftermath of the Pueblo Revolt of 168014. Stephen Mrozowski and Peter Schmidt: Conclusion: Reflections on Reforming the Past, Looking to the FutureAppendix: Swahili ChroniclesBibliographyIndex