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

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

3. Politics and the History of al-Andalus

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

David Govantes-Edwards [+-]
Newcastle University
David Govantes-Edwards is a Research Associate at Newcastle University (UK). He specialises in the archaeology of technology and the production, distribution and consumption of glass and glazed ceramics in medieval Spain, where he worked for over a decade as a commercial archaeologist. He coordinates several international fieldwork projects in Madīnat al-Zahrā (Córdoba, Spain, UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Alhambra (Granada, Spain, UNESCO World Heritage Site), Bolgar (Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Reccopolis (Guadalajara, Spain), as well as taking part in other highprofile research projects as consultant and specialist.

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The present chapter addresses the evolution of the archaeology of al-Andalus within the framework of broader historiographical and political trends. It is argued that the political setting in which the discipline crystallised and developed has had a longlasting effect on the academic and theoretical structure of the study of the archaeology of medieval Iberia in general, and that of al-Andalus in particular. The need to adapt to an overwhelming national narrative has resulted in a discipline that, to a large extent, follows the discursive guidelines set from other fields (Arabism, Art History, Anthropology, History, etc.) without having a clear voice of its own. While acting as an auxiliary to these other disciplines, Andalusi archaeology has formulated few truly archaeological questions. Some exceptions to this general situation are also examined, and their potential to put Andalusi archaeology in a new footing is assessed.

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Govantes-Edwards, David. 3. Politics and the History of al-Andalus. Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2022. ISBN 9781781797884. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36072. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36072. Jan 2022

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