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Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society

Nadia Abu El-Haj


Archaeology in Israel is truly a national obsession, a practice through which national identity—and national rights—have long been asserted. But how and why did archaeology emerge as such a pervasive force there? How can the practices of archaeology help answer those questions? This book addresses these questions and specifies for the first time the relationship between national ideology, colonial settlement, and the production of historical knowledge. It analyzes particular instances of history, artifacts, and landscapes in the making to show how archaeology helped not only to legitimize cult ... More

Keywords: archaeology, Palestine, Israel, national identity, national rights, colonial settlement, national ideology, historical knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226001944
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226002156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nadia Abu El-Haj, author