Celtic Crosses and Quetzal Masks: On the (Re)production of the Archaeological Record

Author(s): Patrick Rivera

Year: 2017


In an era of globalization and mass production, archaeological objects and images are not immune to being transformed into commodities and sold for profit. This (re)production of the past can profoundly influence the ways that consumers understand the history of particular times and places—often erasing the experiences of marginality and resilience that archaeologists work so hard to recover. This paper examines two distinct cases in which historical images (and periods) are being transformed into objects for consumption: the proliferation of Victorian-era Irish concept pubs, and the production of "ancient" Maya masks for the tourist trade in the Yucatán. These examples show how the archaeological record is increasingly implicated in the negotiation of identity and memory within a global market culture that values the past as a spectacle.

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Celtic Crosses and Quetzal Masks: On the (Re)production of the Archaeological Record. Patrick Rivera. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432070)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16848