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Archaeology Matters: Action Archaeology in the Modern World (Key Questions in Anthropology) (Key Questions in Anthropology: Little Books on Big Ideas) [Paperback]

Jeremy A. Sabloff

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1 Jun 2008 Key Questions in Anthropology: Little Books on Big Ideas (Book 1)
How could archaeology matter in the modern world? Archaeology studies the people of long ago and far away. Former SAA President Jeremy Sabloff points to ways in which archaeology is also relevant to the understanding and amelioration of modern problems. Though archaeologists have commonly been associated with efforts to uncover cultural identity, restore the past of underrepresented peoples, and preserve historical sites, their knowledge and skills can be used in many other ways. Archaeologists help Peruvian farmers increase crop yields, aid city planners in reducing landfills, and guide local communities in tourism development and water management. This brief volume, aimed at students and other prospective archaeologists, challenges the field to go beyond merely understanding the past and actively engage in making a difference in the modern world.

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'What matters in Jeremy Sabloff's Archaeology Matters is his call that archaeology be political, practical, and located inside and within communities. I have known Jerry Sabloff over 40 years and never has his archeology been so fresh, pertinent, skillful, and inviting. He writes to us all as a senior professional who could say he has done enough, but proves here that we have more to do, particularly as citizens.' Mark Leone, University of Maryland 'This book is an archaeological activist's primer, full of good arguments for enjoining the intellectual battle for a less rapacious society and more sustainable development. Jerry has rightly aimed it at the young (the book is 'intended for students on introductory archaeological courses') who are idealistic enough to want to see their archaeology having an impact on contemporary issues, but he does not underestimate how difficult it will be to get some of these messages across, noting wryly that the best known 'archaeologist' in America is an unrepentant looter called Indiana Jones - not exactly the role model archaeologists would choose for their caring profession.' Christopher Catling, SALON - the Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter 'Many of [the] case studies show archaeology is being used as a political and legal tool to uphold the rights of traditional commities against govenments and commercial interests that would walk over them for shortterm gain...Depending on your political position (and how idealistic you are), this is a book that will either inspire you to see archaeology in a new and positive light, or send you back to the tranquility of your study, muttering that it was to escape all this political nonsense that you took up archaeology in the first place.' Current Archaeology

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Jeremy A. Sabloff is Curator of Mesoamerican Archaeology, Williams Director Emeritus, and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of Antiquaries, London. Sabloff's research interests range from the study of ancient Maya civilization, to archaeological theory and method, to the history of American archaeology, to pre-industrial urbanism, and to the use of settlement pattern studies. He has conducted field work in the Maya lowlands of Mexico and Guatemala including co-directing the major field project at the Yucatan site of Sayil. He is author or editor of 20 books and countless articles on the Maya and the history of archaeology. Sabloff is former president of the Society for American Archaeology.

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