Who Owns the Past? Archaeology, Heritage and Global Conflicts

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Who Owns the Past? Archaeology, Heritage and Global Conflicts

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Stanford University

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Who owns the past? Is cultural heritage a universal right? This course interrogates the relationship between the past and the present through archaeology. Increasingly, heritage sites are flash points in cultural, economic, and religious conflicts around the globe. Clearly history matters, but how do certain histories come to matter in particular ways, and to whom? Through close study of important archaeological sites, you will learn to analyze landscapes, architecture, and objects, as well as reflect on the scholarly and public debates about history and heritage around the world. Far from being a neutral scholarly exercise, archaeology is embedded in the heated debates about heritage and present-day conflicts.

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