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Digging Through Darkness: Chronicles of an Archaeologist

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In Digging through Darkness, Carmel Schrire interweaves art and fact to recreate a distant world. She combines autobiography, historical archaeology, and fictional reconstructions to explore the roots and consequences of colonial conquest in Africa, Australia, and the Pacific. The book takes its unique shape from Schrire's intimate connection with her subject - she is a native white South African, the Jewish descendant of a colonist who arrived at the Cape of Good Hope over a hundred years ago. Tracking the broad sweep of European expansion into Africa, Australia, and the Pacific, Schrire focuses on the evidence unearthed in archaeological sites, leading the reader through a wealth of strata and artifacts, to see how inferences may be drawn from heaps of broken bones and stones. These findings are then interwoven with historical sources to present an integrated picture of the past. When evidence is insufficient to propel the inference, the author constructs a fictional account, inventing scenes that relate archaeological sites to historical documents. This interweaving gives voice not only to the literate colonists but also to illiterate native people who endured dispossession in silence.

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Combining autobiography, historical archaeology, and fictional reconstructions, Schrire (anthropology, Rutgers U.) explores the roots and consequences of colonial conquests in Africa, Australia, and the Pacific. She uses the evidence unearthed in archaeological sites to show how inferences may be drawn from heaps of broken bones and stones, then interweaves these findings with historical sources to present an integrated picture of the past. When evidence is insufficient to propel the inference, Schrire--a fine writer--constructs a fictional account, inventing scenes that relate archaeological sites to historic documents in an effort to give voice both to the literate colonists and also to the illiterate native people who endured dispossession.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In Digging Through Darknes, Carmel Schrire interweaves art andfact to recreate a distant world. Tracking the broad sweep of European expansioninto Africa, Australia, and the Pacific, Schrire focuses on the evidence unearthedin archaeological sites, leading the reader through a wealth of strata andartifacts, to see how inferences may be drawn from heaps of broken bones and stones.This interweaving gives voice not only to the literate colonists but also toilliterate native people who endured dispossession in silence.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-262) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813915586
Author:
Schrire, Carmel
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Location:
Charlottesville :
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology and history
Subject:
Schrire, Carmel
Subject:
Archaeology -- Field work.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Series Volume:
1267
Publication Date:
19950631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
9.31x6.34x1.10 in. 1.56 lbs.

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Product details 276 pages University Press of Virginia - English 9780813915586 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In Digging Through Darknes, Carmel Schrire interweaves art andfact to recreate a distant world. Tracking the broad sweep of European expansioninto Africa, Australia, and the Pacific, Schrire focuses on the evidence unearthedin archaeological sites, leading the reader through a wealth of strata andartifacts, to see how inferences may be drawn from heaps of broken bones and stones.This interweaving gives voice not only to the literate colonists but also toilliterate native people who endured dispossession in silence.
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