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Archaeology and Museums in the Nation Building Process in Greece

Sakellariadi, A; (2008) Archaeology and Museums in the Nation Building Process in Greece. In: Aronsson, P and Nyblom, A, (eds.) (Proceedings) NaMu IV Comparing: National Museums, Territories, Nation-Building and Change. (pp. pp. 129-142). Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings Universitet: Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden.

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Abstract

This paper considers Greek archaeology as a product of the development of the nation state and investigates the way this relationship has determined the discipline and its museums. A critical presentation of the foundation of the Greek state sheds light on the conditions from which the relationship between archaeology and the State originated. The changes in archaeological legislation and administration demonstrate the way this relationship developed. Greek museums constitute the main agents of representation, interpretation and communication of archaeological heritage and as such they are considered. Classical Greek antiquity as the fount of the European spirit contributed immensely to the materialization of modern Greece. This ideological premise set constrains on the displays and narratives presented in archaeological museums and on the development of the entire discipline. Almost two centuries after the foundation of the State Archaeological Service and the National Archaeological Museum few things seem to have changed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Archaeology and Museums in the Nation Building Process in Greece
Event: NaMu IV Comparing: National Museums, Territories, Nation-Building and Change
Location: Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden
Dates: 18 February 2008 - 20 February 2008
Keywords: Greek archaeology, Archaeological museums, Nationalism, National identity, History of Archaeology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1328851
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