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SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management

An Archaeology of the Margins

Colonialism, Amazighity and Heritage Management in the Canary Islands

Authors: Farrujia de la Rosa, Augusto Jose

  • Presents a proposal for enhancing the archaeological heritage of the Canary Islands through the creation of archaeological parks involving the local community
  • Analyzes the effects of colonialism and eurocentrism on the management of the archaeological heritage
  • Shows how the course of history influences the ways in which archaeological heritage is managed
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This book analyses the problematics of archaeological heritage management in the Canary Islands, which are echoed in other parts of the world where the indigenous heritage is under-represented. The present-day management of Canarian archaeological heritage has a very specific and unusual context given that the archipelago is located on the fringes of Europe, belonging to Spain and therefore to the European Unión, but geographically and in terms of early history being part of Africa. From a theoretical perspective, then, the proposed book analyzes issues such as the effects of colonialism and eurocentrism on the management of the archaeological heritage. It also examines the evolutionist and historico-cultural models used to analyze past societies and, ultimately, used to create identities that influence archaeological heritage management itself. From a practical point of view, the book presents a proposal for enhancing the archaeological heritage of the Canary Islands through the creation of archaeological parks (providing some concrete examples in the case of the city of La Laguna) and the active involvement of the local community. Parallel to this, the book considers the Canarian Archipelago as part of a problematic that is not unique to this area but is an example of poor indigenous heritage management overall. It demonstrates how the course of history and the politics of the past still have an excessive influence on the way in which the present-day archaeological heritage is interpreted and managed. Therefore, this book provides an almost unique opportunity for uncovering the history of archaeology within the margins of Europe (in fact, in an African region) and exploring colonial and foreign influences. In many ways it is a mirror of archaeological mainstreams and an exercise in (re)thinking the aim and status of present-day archaeology.

About the authors

José Farrujia de la Rosa holds a PhD in Prehistory and a PhD Premio Extraordinario (Extraordinary award) in Humanities (2003), both awarded by the University of La Laguna. He was the winner of the Antonio Rumeu de Armas Historical Research Prize (2009) and is a Member of the Spanish Society for the History of Archaeology. He received a research grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture University Teacher program (2000-2003) and taught in the Department of Prehistory, Anthropology and Ancient History at the same university, as well working as a Senior Archaeological Conservation Technician at the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife and Historical Heritage Officer at the La Laguna City Council. He currently works in the field of heritage management. He has been involved in numerous archaeological surveys and excavations in the Canarian Archipelago and elsewhere in Europe. His research focuses on the archaeology of the Canary Islands, including studies on heritage management, the history of the archaeology of the islands, the early colonization of the islands, archaeological theory and methodology, rock art and identity issues. He is the author of many articles published both in Spanish journals (including Trabajos de Prehistoria, Complutum, Tabona, and Revista Atlántica y Mediterránea de Prehistoria y Arqueología Social) and foreign journals (including the Oxford Journal of Archaeology, African Archaeological Review, Sahara, and Nouvelles de l’Archeologie, amongst others). He is also the author of the following books: El poblamiento humano de Canarias en la obra de Manuel de Ossuna y Van den Heede (2002); Ab initio (1342-1969) (2004), Imperialist Archaeology in the Canary Islands. French and German studies on Prehistoric colonization (2005), which is the first academic book written in English on Canarian archaeology; Arqueología y franquismo en Canarias: política, poblamiento e identidad (2007), and En busca del pasado guanche. Historia de la Arqueología en Canarias (1868-1968), with a prologue by Alain Schnapp. This last book was presented at Sorbonne University (Paris) on 1 December 2011.

Reviews

“A short-format archaeological monograph that is approachable by both the advanced undergraduate and seasoned researcher … . The book is timely, building on recent efforts to problematize not only the colonial project but also European scholars’ continuing control over discourses rooted in postcolonial localities. … Farrujia highlights the interface of culture, history, and local politics. … In conclusion, this is a rigorous, clear, and important volume that deserves a wide readership.” (Sarah Mattes, African Archaeological Review, Vol. 32, 2015)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Farrujia de la Rosa, A. José

    Pages 1-21

  • The Invention of Canarian Prehistory and Early Archaeological Heritage Management in the Nineteenth Century (1868–1936)

    Farrujia de la Rosa, A. José

    Pages 23-41

  • Archaeology and Dictatorship: The Centralization of Archaeological Heritage Management (1939–1975)

    Farrujia de la Rosa, A. José

    Pages 43-53

  • In Search of the Indigenous Culture of the Canary Islands (1975–2012)

    Farrujia de la Rosa, A. José

    Pages 55-108

  • Conclusions

    Farrujia de la Rosa, A. José

    Pages 109-115

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-9396-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-9395-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Archaeology of the Margins
Book Subtitle
Colonialism, Amazighity and Heritage Management in the Canary Islands
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-9396-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-9396-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-9395-2
Series ISSN
2192-5313
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 119
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour
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