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Title: Making archaeology abroad : a postcolonial perspective in Malta
Author: Rossi, A. M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8502 6460
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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This research is about the archaeological making of the Tas-Silġ site in Malta. Archaeological investigations in Tas-Silġ have been mainly carried out by a foreign research entity (Missione Archeologica Italiana a Malta). This research explores nature, development and impact of the Italian project within the wider context of Maltese political and archaeological decolonisation. To unpack the making of the Tas-Silġ site, this study looks into the micro politics of the archaeological process and unravels the tensions that have accompanied it. In particular this study: 1) microexcavates the convoluted process that established and maintained an Italian research team as privileged interpret of the archaeology in Tas- Silġ; 2) assesses impacts and relevance of this long-term Italian project in postcolonial Malta; and 3) examines how archaeological process and site layout interact to produce forms of intellectual and physical dislocation. The research adopts a qualitative approach to give voice to the whole gamut of participants that have defined, negotiated and challenged the making of Tas-Silġ. The research shows that Missione control over the site and the archaeological knowledge derived from its investigations is highly controversial. However it reaches the conclusion that Missione involvement in Malta cannot be assessed against binary categories of local/foreigner and colonial/postcolonial although those elements have a role in defining this association. In addressing the situated complexity of making archaeology in Tas-Silġ, this research sets up a space of discussion on the ambivalence of foreign archaeology in decolonised countries.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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