By Lynn Meskell

Archaeology lower than Fire addresses archaeology's position in present political matters, no matter if it's the ethnic detoxing within the Balkans, the department of Cyprus, or the ongoing destruction of Beirut

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Antiquarianism The case of Cyprus is rather different, inasmuch as Cyprus’ independence lay so far in the future (1960). Be that as it may, the archaeology of nineteenth century Cyprus was an archaeology of antiquarianism, imperialism, and the looting of antiquities (Goring 1988). Around the middle of the nineteenth century Cyprus, still part of the Ottoman Empire, was a land densely packed with antiquities that were both collected and exported by foreign officials resident on Cyprus. The Ottoman Antiquities Law declared that finds were to be divided three ways: between the excavators, the owner of the land and the government (Dikaios 1961b: x).

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