Special Issue: Inequality and Race in the Histories of Archaeology

William Carruthers (Editor), J. C. Niala, Sherry Davis, Debbie Challis, Paola A. Schiappacasse, Susan Dixon, Monika Milosavljević, Lucy Moore, Richard Nevell, Alex Fitzpatrick, Heba Abd el Gawad, Alice Stevenson

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This special issue gathers together a selection of short articles reflecting on the historical construction of inequality and race in the histories of archaeology. The articles also suggest ways in which the discipline might grapple with the—often obvious, sometimes subtle—consequences of that historical process. Solicited via an open call for papers in the summer of 2020 (one made with the aim of speedy publication), the breadth of the topics discussed in the articles reflect how inequality and race have become more prominent research themes within the histories of archaeology in the previous five-to-ten years. At the same time, the pieces show how research can—and should—be connected to attempts to promote social justice and an end to racial discrimination within archaeological practice, the archaeological profession, and the wider worlds with which the discipline interacts. Published at a time when a pandemic has not only swept the world, but also exposed such inequalities further, the special issue represents a positive intervention in what continues to be a contentious issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalBulletin of the History of Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2021


  • Activism
  • Antiquities market
  • Boston
  • Decolonisation
  • Flinders Petrie
  • Gender
  • Human remains
  • Images of Africans in classical art
  • Indigenous archaeology
  • Kahun
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Race
  • Racial anthropology
  • Racism
  • Wikipedia
  • Yugoslavia

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