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Unformatted text preview: The Image of Archaeology And Archaeologists Part I Nazi Archaeology Ownership of the Past Whoever controls the past controls the future--Lenin Who owns the past? What is meant by owning the past? How can the past be owned? What is gained by controlling knowledge about the past? Who benefits from controlling such knowledge? The past answers to issues of heritage and legacy, and to legitimacy. Archaeology can be used to support or deny claims of heritage, sovereignty, and identity. Archaeology and politics are inseparable. Epistemology The basic issue is: who has the authority to define the past and describe how or which events shaped the present? How is this authority granted? Archaeology in service of racism and ideology Archaeology of the Nazi regime. Ahnenerbe a wing of the SS in 1940, giving significant rank to archaeologists and scholars Ahnenerbe - SS founded by Heinrich Himler and Hermann Wirth in 1935. The society may have existed as early as 1928 . Himmler Objective was the systematic creation of a Germanic culture. Most research of the Ahnenerbe was based on the worst form of racist pseudoscience....
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