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Bibil Identifier bibil:203407
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) When Memory Meets the Past: Archaeology and Amnesia
Author Davies, Philip
Journal Trumah. Zeitschrift der Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg (Volume: 18)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 27-32 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Archaeology in Israel has until recently always served to support the cultural memories of Judaism and of Christianity. More recently, 'post-Zionist' archaeology has, however, demonstrated that cultural memories represented by biblical narratives about ancient Israel are not always reliable history, and that archaeology must not only seek to verify such memories where possible, but also to contribute to understanding the creation of fictional memories where these exist.
While restoration of a Jewish (or Israelite) site through excavation is a legitimate activity, the deliberate obscuring or even suppression of non-Jewish cultural memory so as to create a distorted image of an exclusively 'Jewish' history denying the validity of other presences and other cultural memories is both unethical and contrary to valid historical and archaeological principles. Where such distortions are used to promote exclusive Jewish presence (as currently in the case of Silwan village), they must be resisted. Differing cultural memories relating to the same places often exist together and deserve equal respect. The 'land of Israel' has always been, and still is, a land of others as well.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L) : Jerusalem / Yerushalayyim / El-Quds
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Israel (Modern State)
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