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Selective RemembrancesArchaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts$
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Philip L. Kohl, Mara Kozelsky, and Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226450582

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.001.0001

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Excavating Masada: The Politics-Archaeology Connection at Work

Excavating Masada: The Politics-Archaeology Connection at Work

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(p.247) Eight Excavating Masada: The Politics-Archaeology Connection at Work
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Selective Remembrances
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Nachman Ben-Yehuda

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0009

This chapter examines the connection between politics and archaeology in relation to the main excavations in Masada during 1963–1965 headed by Yigael Yadin. It suggests that Yadin and others constructed interpretations for Masada that supported the Masada mythical narrative, which is a political ideological narrative. This was accomplished by contextualizing the findings within the mythical narrative.

Keywords:   politics, archaeology, excavations, Masada, Yigael Yadin, mythical narrative, political ideological narrative

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