||【學術演講】Public archaeology in a decolonizing context: the case of the Deva development project in New Caledonia
2019/10/9 下午 01:03:04
||講者：Dr. Christophe SAND（senior archaeologist, New Caledonia cultural bureau）
Over the past decades, public archaeology has seen major developments in regions of the World where questions of ownership about the past, through opposing indigenous, regional or national claims, remain politically sensitive. This is especially the case in colonial/post-colonial settings, where claims about the past between indigenous and non-indigenous populations can be hotly debated.
This paper presents an archaeological case for New Caledonia in southern Melanesia, where since 30 years a unique process of political decolonisation is at work between the indigenous Kanak populations and European as well as Asian and Pacific Islands settlers, introduced over the past 170 years to the archipelago. On the large property of Deva in the centre of the Main Island, a massive development project （hotels, golf course etc） has for the first time in the region been accompanied by an major CRM program imposed by the local stakeholders.
I will detail the process of imposing archaeological excavations, before assessing the change in attitude as well as the impacts that this continuous presence of the local inhabitants has had on archaeological excavations and the interpretation of the scientific results.
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