Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

1. Introduction

Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe - David Govantes-Edwards

David Govantes-Edwards [+-]
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
David J. Govantes-Edwards is a Honorary Research Fellow, Instituto de Estudios Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and a PhD Candidate, Universidad de Córdoba (Spain). A translator and an archaeologists, David Govantes-Edwards specialises in the archaeology of technology and the production, distribution and consumption of glass and glazed ceramics in medieval Spain, where he worked for a decade as a commercial archaeologist. He coordinates several international fieldwork projects in Madinat al-Zahra (Córdoba), Alhambra (Granada, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Reccopolis (Guadalajara), as well as taking part in other high-profile research projects as consultant and specialist.
Chloë N. Duckworth [+-]
Newcastle University
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Chloë N. Duckworth. Dr Chloe Duckworth is a lecturer in archaeological materials science at Newcastle University. She specialises in the archaeology of medieval technology, and the use of scientific analysis to address social questions in the archaeological record. Her current research focuses on technology transfer in the medieval period, and its relationship to socio-economic, religious and ethnic identity. She directs two major field projects in Spain: the Madinat al-Zahra Survey Project (Cordoba); and the Alhambra Royal Workshops Project (Granada).


Over the past few decades, traditional narratives of European history and archaeology have been called into question, and the traditional evolutionary picture of European civilisation is progressively being replaced by a more complex and nuanced approach to the past. Yet, the presence of Muslim-ruled societies in the European continent is still seen as an uncomfortable parenthesis; an interruption of ‘natural’ historical developments. The presence of Islamicate culture in Europe is often approached from a perspective that distinctly emphasises its ‘otherness’. The time is ripe for a reassessment of the role played by Islamicate societies in European history, and archaeology must assume a leading part in this process. In this introductory paper, we ask: what is the future of Islamicate archaeology in Europe, and what should our role be in shaping this?

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Govantes-Edwards, David; Duckworth, Chloë. 1. Introduction. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781781797884. Date accessed: 04 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36070. Nov 2021

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