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E I G H T Excavating Masada The Politics-Archaeology Connection at Work N A C H M A N B E N - Y E H U D A The topic of archaeology in the context of politics has come to academic (and nonacademic) attention in recent years. Phil Kohl and Clare Fawcett’s 1995 landmark book crystal- lized the issue and presented works that examined the fasci- nating ways in which politics and archaeology had interacted in different cultures. Moreover, their book substantiated, on the conceptual and descriptive levels, the very existence of the connection between politics and

The Ancient Past and Contested Present in East-Central Europe

thematic correspondences between the fifteen essays that this gathering was a significant intellectual event for Sebald scholarship. The editors, Michael Niehaus and Claudia Öhlschläger, deserve praise for producing a clearly conceptualised and well organised work that includes articles not just by interesting young researchers, but also by many leading Sebald scholars. As the title suggests, the twin concepts of „political archaeology“ and „melancholy bricolage“ Ð inspired by Michel Foucault and Claude Lévi- Strauss respectively Ð are a central concern of the volume

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Archaeology and Nationalism in The History of the Romanians 127 G H E O R G H E A L E X A N D R U N I C U L E S C U Part Two: The Near East 5 The Rise of the Hittite Sun A Deconstruction of Western Civilization from the Margin 163 W E N D Y S H A W 6 The Sense of Belonging The Politics of Archaeology in Modern Iraq 189 M A G N U S T . B E R N H A R D S S O N 7 The Name Game The Persian Gulf, Archaeologists, and the Politics of Arab-Iranian Relations 206 K A M Y A R A B D I Part Three: Israel/Palestine 8 Excavating Masada The Politics-Archaeology Connection at Work 247 N A C

independent curator. Elizabeth Crooke is Senior Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Ulster. She obtained her PhD in 1999 from Cam- bridge University and her BA from Trinity College, Dublin. Her research considers the social, cultural, and political roles of museums in the historical and contemporary contexts. She is shortly to publish a book on museums and community as part of the Museum Meanings series with Routledge. She is author of Politics, Archaeology, and the Cre- ation of a National Museum of Ireland (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2000

(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995), and Nachman Ben-Yehuda, “Excavating Masada: The Politics-Archaeology Connection at Work,” in Selective Remembrances: Archaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts , eds. Philip L. Kohl, Mara Kozelsky, and Nachman Ben-Yehuda (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007), 247–276. Despite Yadin’s own obvious political commitments, he considered this line proof of Wright’s impartiality rather than evidence that Wright’s political sympathies lay in a different place than the signers’. 77

Professionals 73 The Zealots 74 10 Political Archaeology 75 11 The Many Emerge As the One 76 The Mandarins 79 The Mayor's Office 82 The Staff 85 12 Creativeness and Efficiency 87 The Vice Mayor and the Deputy Mayors 88 The Cabinet 88 Policy Committees 89 Colonies 91 The Political Organization 92 13 On Studying a Phenomenon of Creativity: The Process of Alternating Perceptions 93 14 The Movements of Inquiry Into the Movements of Governing 94 Chapter 3: The Party, Carrier of Creativity 1 Philosophical Argument: Time, History, and Society 99 The Kevin White Interest 100 2 The

artifacts firom earlier institutional experiments. A more thorough account would trace this dynamic emergence through a political archeology of consumer protection. Here we limit ourselves to the institutions that came to embody the broad national approach to consumer protection. Figure 1: Three Consumer Narratives Political Associational Economic Consumer identity Private end consumer Formal interest group Includes Professionals Contractual sanctity All contracts may be nullified Consumer contracts pre- negotiated Focus on Standard con- tracts Consumer

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that voted for Kaine Counties that voted for Kilgore Virginia’s Fastest-Growing Jurisdictions: Democrats Make Inroads in ‘05 results in populous Northern Virginia. For years, the region has featured three layers of political archaeology. The urban-oriented inner suburbs of Arlington and Alexandria closest to the nation’s capital have been fiercely Democratic. The second layer, Fairfax County, home to roughly 15% of Virginia voters, is the most populous jurisdiction in the state. For years it has been politically mar- ginal. The fast-growing outer suburbs of

mentions the reaction of his col- leagues when he told them that he was spending time on the phe- nomenon of biblical archaeology.23 They hardly understood why he 23 T. Oestigaard, Political Archaeology and Holy Nationalism: Archaeological Battles over the Bible and Land in Israel and Palestine from 1967–2000 (Gotarc 104 LEMCHE was interested in this field which to them belonged in the dark basement of uninformed and primitive archaeology, evidently rep- resenting a kind of low life within the international