Historical archaeology in Magna Graecia: From an American perspective to the Greek colonization in South Italy


  • Airton Pollini Université de Haute-Alsace




Postcolonialism, historical archaeology, Palmares, Presidio San Francisco in California, Magna Graecia, Sybaris, Amendolara.


The historical archaeology approach was forged for the study of the American society after the European conquest of colonial lands in the new continent. Interested in the comparison between material culture and written records, it was opposed to Prehistory and Anthropology with their methods of inquiry. Its main proposal is to use all available data, material and written, independently, without any hierarchy, but in close comparison. As such, this perspective studies the archaeology of individuals “without history”, such as Natives, slaves, women, or even the African diasporas in America, in antagonism to the white male European colonist. Issued from an explicit postcolonial background, this approach may give an important contribution to the study of other ancient societies where interpretations are based on discussions between archaeological remains and texts, such as the Greek colonial communities in Magna Graecia.  


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Biografia do Autor

Airton Pollini, Université de Haute-Alsace

Maître de conférences d’histoire grecque à l’université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse

Domaines de recherche

Histoire et archéologie du monde grec archaïque et classique.

Colonisation grecque archaïque ; organisation du territoire d’une cité grecque ; problèmes de la frontière ; questions d’appartenance et d’identité (ethnique et sociale) ; histoire économique ; historiographie.





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Pollini, A. (2018). Historical archaeology in Magna Graecia: From an American perspective to the Greek colonization in South Italy. Heródoto: Revista Do Grupo De Estudos E Pesquisas Sobre a Antiguidade Clássica E Suas Conexões Afro-asiáticas, 2(2), 275–297. https://doi.org/10.31669/herodoto.v2i2.281