By A. José Farrujia de la Rosa
This publication analyses the problematics of archaeological background administration within the Canary Islands, that are echoed in different elements of the area the place the indigenous history is under-represented. The present-day administration of Canarian archaeological historical past has a truly particular and strange context on condition that the archipelago is found at the fringes of Europe, belonging to Spain and as a result to the ecu Unión, yet geographically and when it comes to early background being a part of Africa. From a theoretical viewpoint, then, the proposed e-book analyzes matters corresponding to the consequences of colonialism and eurocentrism at the administration of the archaeological background. It additionally examines the evolutionist and historico-cultural versions used to investigate previous societies and, eventually, used to create identities that impression archaeological historical past administration itself. From a realistic perspective, the e-book offers an offer for boosting the archaeological history of the Canary Islands in the course of the construction of archaeological parks (providing a few concrete examples in relation to the town of los angeles Laguna) and the energetic involvement of the area people. Parallel to this, the e-book considers the Canarian Archipelago as a part of a complex that's not particular to this quarter yet is an instance of terrible indigenous background administration total. It demonstrates how the process historical past and the politics of the prior nonetheless have an over the top effect at the means during which the present-day archaeological history is interpreted and controlled. as a result, this publication presents a nearly targeted chance for uncovering the historical past of archaeology in the margins of Europe (in truth, in an African sector) and exploring colonial and overseas impacts. in lots of methods it's a reflect of archaeological mainstreams and an workout in (re)thinking the purpose and standing of present-day archaeology.
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Farrujia de la Rosa, A. J. (2005). Imperialist archaeology in the Canary Islands. French and German studies on prehistoric colonization at the end of the 19th century. British Archaeological Reports. International Series, 1333. Oxford: Archaeopress. Farrujia de la Rosa, A. J. (2009). A history of research into Canarian rock art: opening up new thoughts. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 28(3), 211–226 (August). Farrujia de la Rosa, A. J. (2010). En busca del pasado guanche. Historia de la Arqueología en Canarias (1868–1968).
The presence of bone tools in Canarian sites also led Carlos Pizarroso y Belmonte (1841–1916) to associate the Guanches of Tenerife with the third Stone Age, known as the Aurignac by Mortillet and defined by a substantial increase in objects manufactured from bone (Pizarroso 1880, p. 68; Fig. 1). The definition of the different ages in French prehistory was based on stratigraphy and seriation, but the situation was very different in the Canary Islands, where only artifacts were used. The lack of stratigraphic evidence from Canarian sites in comparison to French sites and, above all, the actual inability of Canarian intellectuals to recognize the existence of archaeological stratigraphy in situ, are the main factors that explain the pre-eminence of material evidence and the total absence of references to the existence of archaeological stratigraphy.
This may be explained by the fact that prehistoric archaeology had started some years earlier in the Iberian peninsula at the beginning of the 1860s, the lack of any significant contact between academic circles on the mainland and in the Canary Islands in terms of the emergence of prehistoric studies in the islands, the lack of interest in Canarian issues on the part of mainland authors, and the actual synchrony in the development of prehistoric archaeology in the Iberian peninsula and in the Canary Islands, because in both cases the first publications were inspired by the French model, which quickly became the frame of reference.
An Archaeology of the Margins: Colonialism, Amazighity and Heritage Management in the Canary Islands by A. José Farrujia de la Rosa