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The past as propaganda: totalitarian archaeology in Nazi Germany

Arnold, B., 1990. The past as propaganda: totalitarian archaeology in Nazi Germany. Antiquity, 64(244), pp.464-478. Synopsis: I came across this article while researching The Problem with Culture History: The Celtic Example and The Real Indiana Jones(es): Gustaf Kossina.  The author provides a fascinating history of the ways in which archaeology legitimized the position of the Nazi party. She notes that in … Continue reading

Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The Origin and Spread of Social Complexity in Southern Africa
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Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The Origin and Spread of Social Complexity in Southern Africa

Huffman, T.N., 2009. Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: The origin and spread of social complexity in southern Africa. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 28(1), pp.37-54. Synopsis:  The focus of this article is a short-of compare and contrast between the two states of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe. Mapungubwe was a pre-colonial state located in what is now South Africa. It … Continue reading