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This e-book analyses the problematics of archaeological background administration within the Canary Islands, that are echoed in different components of the area the place the indigenous background is under-represented. The present-day administration of Canarian archaeological history has a truly particular and weird context on condition that the archipelago is found at the fringes of Europe, belonging to Spain and for that reason to the eu Unión, yet geographically and when it comes to early heritage being a part of Africa. From a theoretical standpoint, then, the proposed booklet analyzes concerns similar to the results of colonialism and eurocentrism at the administration of the archaeological history. It additionally examines the evolutionist and historico-cultural versions used to research previous societies and, eventually, used to create identities that effect archaeological background administration itself. From a realistic perspective, the booklet provides a suggestion for boosting the archaeological historical past of the Canary Islands during the production of archaeological parks (providing a few concrete examples relating to town of l. a. Laguna) and the lively involvement of the local people. Parallel to this, the booklet considers the Canarian Archipelago as a part of a challenging that's not detailed to this sector yet is an instance of terrible indigenous historical past administration total. It demonstrates how the process historical past and the politics of the prior nonetheless have an over the top effect at the approach during which the present-day archaeological history is interpreted and controlled. hence, this ebook presents a nearly distinct chance for uncovering the background of archaeology in the margins of Europe (in truth, in an African quarter) and exploring colonial and overseas 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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Los inicios de la prehistoria en España. Ciencia versus religión. In J. Beltrán Fortes & M. ), El Clero y la Arqueología española. II Reunión Andaluza de Historiografía Arqueológica (pp. 99–112). Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla. Fundación El Monte. Mederos Martín, A. (2003). Islas Canarias. In M. Almagro Gorbea & J. ), 250 años de Arqueología y Patrimonio (pp. 195–207). Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia. , A. (1977 [1893]). Historia General de las Islas Canarias (Vol. I). Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain): Edirca.

J. 1007/978-1-4614-9396-9_3, © The Author(s) 2014 43 44 3 Archaeology and Dictatorship: The Centralization of Archaeological . . 1 Excessive government intervention in economic affairs led to the definitive suspension of the free port system and the substitution of European capital with capital from the mainland. The archipelago was therefore forced to seek supplies from the mainland market, which were much more expensive, at a time when its capital was being drained by the state. Self-sufficiency, in this sense, limited purchases from foreign markets and favored a second conquest of the island market by a Hispanic capitalism that had previously had an insignificant presence due to its inability to compete with the foreign supply.

The looting of the Canarian archaeological heritage since the end of the seventeenth century is also reflected in travel literature. The most coveted items were mummies (Farrujia 2004, Chap. 11). Verneau’s view of the dispersal of the Cro-Magnon race contributed towards defending French imperialist interests in Africa and the Canary Islands, proceeding in the same way as his compatriots Faidherbe, Tissot, and Broca, among others. Reflecting the ethnocentric world view of the time, the expansion of the Cro-Magnon race beyond French territory implied that all the areas occupied by the said Quaternary race would have been populated in ancient times by the ancestors of the Gallic nation (Farrujia 2005).

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