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    DescriptionArchaeology in Israel is truly a national obsession, a practice through which national identity--and national rights--have long been asserted. But how and why did archaeology emerge as such a pervasive force there? How can the practices of archaeology help answer those questions? In this stirring book, Nadia Abu El-Haj addresses these questions and specifies for the first time the relationship between national ideology, colonial settlement, and the production of historical knowledge. She analyzes particular instances of history, artifacts, and landscapes in the making to show how archaeology helped not only to legitimize cultural and political visions but, far more powerfully, to reshape them. Moreover, she places Israeli archaeology in the context of the broader discipline to determine what unites the field across its disparate local traditions and locations. Boldly uncovering an Israel in which science and politics are mutually constituted, this book shows the ongoing role that archaeology plays in defining the past, present, and future of Palestine and Israel.

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    Facts on the Ground
    Archeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nadia Abu El-Haj
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226001951
    ISBN 10: 0226001954

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    Illustrations note
    20 halftones, 4 maps
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    04 March 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Nadia Abu El-Haj is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.
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    In this incisive book, Nadia Abu El-Haj demonstrates the role that archaeology has played in Israeli society, examining how it emerged as a pervasive force that has shaped the region's social and political imaginations and has inspired violently contested territorial and national-cultural struggles. Based on archival research and ethnographic work among archaeologists, tour guides, and politicians, she presents the first critical account of Israeli archaeological practice while tracing the dynamic relationships among science, colonization, nation-state building, and territorial expansion.