News FocusPreserving African Cultural Heritage

Archaeologists, or Activists?

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Science  26 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6008, pp. 1174-1175
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6008.1174-a

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As Africa is rapidly transformed by development, archaeological sites are being destroyed faster than they can be studied. Yet African nationals and foreign scholars may have different priorities. Rather than publishing papers, archaeologists who grew up on the impoverished continent are often motivated by the need to create jobs for locals and boost national or ethnic pride. At the Preserving African Cultural Heritage meeting, archaeologists called on their colleagues to engage in activist archaeology.