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Dietler, Michael (2010). Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Winner of the 2012 James R. Wiseman Book Award

 of the Archaeological Institute of America.


This book presents a study of interactions between indigenous peoples of Mediterranean France and alien Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonists and merchants during the first millennium BC. Analyzing archaeological data and ancient texts, the book explores these colonial encounters over six centuries, focusing on material culture, urban landscapes, economic practices, and forms of violence. It shows how selective consumption entangled native societies and colonists in new, unanticipated networks of economic and political power and created transformative relationships for each. Archaeologies of Colonialism also examines the role these ancient encounters played in the formation of modern European identity, class distinctions, and colonial ideologies and practices, enumerating the problems these features present for archaeologists attempting to re-examine these past societies.


Available in paperback in September 2015.







Chapter 1.     The Cup of Gyptis: Introduction to a Colonial Encounter


Chapter 2.     Archaeologies of Colonialism


Chapter 3.     Consumption, Entanglement, and Colonialism


Chapter 4.     Social, Cultural, and Political Landscapes


Chapter 5.     Trade and Traders


Chapter 6.     A History of Violence


Chapter 7.     Culinary Encounters


Chapter 8.     Constructed Spaces: Landscapes of Everyday Life and



Chapter 9.     Conclusion and Imperial Epilogue



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