'Archaeology and Colonialism is a highly readable reassessment of colonialism … Archaeology and Colonialism is an enjoyable and useful book. Through its concentration on power relations manifest in material culture, it offers a new and stimulating way to approach cultural contact.' Stephanie Wynne-Jones, University of Cambridge
' … a brave and interesting attempt at a new synthesis …' Ancient West & East
In this wide-ranging study, Chris Gosden presents a comparative survey of 5000 years of colonialism. He argues that modern colonialism, giving rise to settler societies, is historically unusual and that colonialism, in general, represents an important area for the long-term study of power and material culture.