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Creating Images of a Turkish Past: Identity and the Representation of Archaeology in Modern Turkey

Creating Images of a Turkish Past: Identity and the Representation of Archaeology in Modern Turkey
Melania Savino

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What role do the narratives of the ancient past play in the modern Turkish Republic? How is the knowledge of this past constructed and displayed to the public? Melania Savino answers these questions through an analysis of the role of archaeology and its representation in the service of generating new perceptions of cultural identity in Turkey. The topic is explored through a focus on museums and visual media, addressing the ways in which antiquities became crucial symbols in the establishment and construction of a Turkish national imagination. During the creation of the republic, the discipline of archaeology underwent a profound transformation and played a primary role in defining Turkey as a 'modern' nation. However, despite what is commonly believed, Savino argues that archaeological excavations were carried out on a variety of sites from different periods and cultures in order that the resulting displays could show the heterogeneity of the Turkish past.Creating Images of a Turkish Past illustrates archaeological knowledge practises within a Turkish national context, but also shows that these practises cross national and international boundaries in an attempt to shape collective identities.

Author Info

Melania Savino is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut at the Max Planck Institute in Florence. She holds a PhD in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and an MPhil in Heritage Management and Museum Studies from Downing College, Cambridge.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern Turkey

ISBN: 9781784532529
Publication Date: 30 Dec 2018
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 15 bw integrated

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