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Title: Heritage and reconciliation
Authors: Scham, Sandra Arnold 
Yahya, Adel 
Keywords: Israeli-Palestinian conflict;Transitional justice - Palestine;Transitional justice - Israel;Israeli-Palestinian conflict;Arab-Israeli conflict;Reflexivity;Jewish-Arab relations;Excavations (Archaeology) - Political aspects - Palestine
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Journal of Social Archaeology
Abstract: Applied cross-cultural archaeology must be recognized as an essential step in the development of a reflexive, multi-vocal interpretation of the past. Projects like Ian Hodder’s excavations at Catalhoyuk that actually address these issues, however, are still considered highly innovative, which is a fair indication as to how common they are. Instituting a dialogue about the past between archaeologists from two nations at war with each other would appear to be the ultimate experiment in multi-vocal archaeological practice. Reconciliation of our pasts inevitably becomes a further objective, but this requires a leap of faith and imagination premised on some degree of belief in the possible good faith of the other side – a quality rarely felt in the middle of a conflict. The common wisdom on how Israelis and Palestinians can deal with their intertwined and largely violent histories suggests that only through adopting a common narrative can understanding be achieved. The project that stimulated the following article, however, is based upon a different premise – that, to move toward a reflexive reconciliation, it is necessary to acknowledge the imperfections of our own narratives without fully rejecting them.
DOI: 10.1177/14696053030033006
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