An example from the north: in the book of Djordje Jankovic, Serbian
gromilas, Belgrade 1998. (in serbian with an english summary), the attempt
is made to prove that the Serbs settled in Dalmatia as invited roman
federats just after 375 and the Huns. The "prove" are a number of almost
empty small "tumuli" and some that are not tumuli at all or are prehistoric
(like Boroneant-Stinga, Ostrvu Mare, Drobeta 1978). As it is known, the
Porphyrogenite version settels the Serbs and the Croats on the Balkans
during the reign of Heraclius (610-641).
It is worth to note that this book recently recieved bad critics on
archaeological round tables in Belgrade, but it was honored in some medias
under government control.
Maybe this is not the full "capitalist" use, but it is an use from
outside of archaeology anyway.
At 03:54 PM 05-12-99 +0200, you wrote:
>Here in Greece, the capitalistic - nationalistic use of history and
>archaeology [at least at the beginning of the 90's] was/is to prove "the
>continuity of Greek people in Macedonia for the last 4000 years",
>deliberately neglecting the history of other ethnic groups in this area
>(Turks, Serbs, Bulgarians, Vlachs, Judes etc) that were for hundreds of
>years, during Turkish occupation, much more than the Greek population. The
>proof of my statement is a new book about the history of Thessaloniki,
>edited for this town as the cultural capital in - I think - 1997, were the
>only references are about the Greeks !
>I believe that the same happens in other countries.
>Από: garibaldino <[log in to unmask]>
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>Ημερομηνία: Κυριακή, 5 Δεκεμβρίου 1999 1:34 μμ
>Θέμα: Re: stiring things up
>|> Is archaeology intrinsically anti capitalist?
>|> think it should be politically/ideologically neutral,
>|I wint argue about what it should be, I am trying to assertain if people
>|think it is anti capiytalist as it is, for the reasons I gave.
>|> > Bearing in mind that we are attempting to divert funds from money
>|> > projects by capitalists to pay for something which 90 per cent of it
>|> > worthless in capitalist terms (ie wont have a enough resale value to
>|> > the investment).
>|> we just haven't taught the bastards how to profit from the reports, etc.,
>|> should be paying us to write, the same way they "benefit" by supporting
>|> opera and other cultural events, environmental impact mitigation, etc.
>|But thats the point, all these things are subsidised, and dont make money,
>|but are seen to be good things to have, contrary to a capitalist spirit of
>|if it doesnt profit, dont do it. BTW how could they profit from these
>|reports (NB profit, not benefit)
>|> > Also, we use various measures to regulate the market (indirectly
>|> > etc), and attempt to conserve resources instead of exploiting them for
>|> ever been to, say, flag fen?
>|yes, and if it hadnt been conserved to some extent,there would be even less
>|to see ; )