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Sustainable archaeology: soothing rhetoric for an anxious institution

  • Richard M. Hutchings (a1) and Marina La Salle (a2)

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The primary objective of sustainable archaeology is to maintain the profession of archaeology—that is, to sustain itself. An effort to rebrand the discipline as virtuous, sustainable archaeology is self-serving and reflects larger institutional anxieties around an unethical past and an uncertain future. An example of futurist rhetoric and doublespeak, sustainable archaeology exists because archaeology is unsustainable.

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Sustainable archaeology: soothing rhetoric for an anxious institution

  • Richard M. Hutchings (a1) and Marina La Salle (a2)

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