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Problematic of Archaeology and Identity in a Multi-ethnic society like Mauritius

Author(s): Jayshree Mungur-Medhi

Year: 2014

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Archaeology studies past identities; however, it also puts into discussion the identity of the present within a society. Simultaneously, archaeological data is being questioned by communities when the data does not really fit the latter’s expectations. These issues have to be dealt with each time one undertakes archaeological research on sites to which communities are emotionally affiliated especially in a countries like Mauritius. Mauritius where multi-ethnicity is at the base, Archaeology can be both a beneficial and a detrimental agent to the society. This paper deals with the ambiguity which archaeological research has to face and the problem of identity of the past in relation to the present, with reference to Mauritius.


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Problematic of Archaeology and Identity in a Multi-ethnic society like Mauritius. Jayshree Mungur-Medhi. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437024)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America