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Annihilating DifferenceThe Anthropology of Genocide$
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Alexander Laban Hinton

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230286

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230286.001.0001

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Justifying Genocide: Archaeology and the Construction of Difference

Justifying Genocide: Archaeology and the Construction of Difference

(p.95) 4 Justifying Genocide: Archaeology and the Construction of Difference
Annihilating Difference

Arnold Bettina

University of California Press

This chapter discusses how historical difference is created with archaeological “evidence” that provides an imagined identification between people and place. It shows that archeology has also been used to legitimate genocide in other contexts, such as the events surrounding the “Mountbuilder Myth.” This chapter also points out that archaeological evidence continues to be influenced by various peoples around the world in order to legitimate their nationalist claims.

Keywords:   historical difference, archaeological evidence, imagined identification, legitimatizing genocide, Mountbuilder Myth, nationalist claims

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