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The Archaeology and Materiality of Mission in Southern Africa: Introduction

King, R; McGranaghan, M; (2018) The Archaeology and Materiality of Mission in Southern Africa: Introduction. Journal of Southern African Studies , 44 (4) pp. 629-639. 10.1080/03057070.2018.1477312. Green open access

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Abstract

The period since the late 1980s has yielded a vast body of multidisciplinary literature on mission in southern Africa. Archaeology’s contribution to this scholarship, however, has been relatively muted. In introducing this special issue on the archaeology and materiality of mission, we seek to add archaeological voices to this conversation, illustrating where contributors offer novel sources, research themes, and ways of considering encounters with Christianity. Far from simply adding material to fill the gaps left in the historical record, we argue that archaeological perspectives are well-positioned to explore ruptures and continuities through time, the tensions between peoples’ imaginations and lived realities, and how Christianity may not always have been ‘believed’ but was always materialised. Our hope is to spur a more interdisciplinary dialogue that focuses on the intellectual trajectories that archaeologists of mission pursue as much as on the objects that they find.

Type: Article
Title: The Archaeology and Materiality of Mission in Southern Africa: Introduction
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2018.1477312
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03057070.2018.1477312
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: archaeology, mission, southern Africa, missionary societies
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10136139
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