53 color illustrations, 10 tables

Archaeologies of Empire

Local Participants and Imperial Trajectories
Edited by Anna L. BoozerBleda S. DüringBradley J. Parker



Throughout history, a large portion of the world’s population has lived under imperial rule. Although scholars do not always agree on when and where the roots of imperialism lie, most would agree that imperial configurations have affected human history so profoundly that the legacy of ancient empires continues to structure the modern world in many ways. Empires are best described as heterogeneous and dynamic patchworks of imperial configurations in which imperial power was the outcome of the complex interaction between evolving colonial structures and various types of agents in highly contingent relationships. The goal of this volume is to harness the work of the “next generation” of empire scholars in order to foster new theoretical and methodological perspectives that are of relevance within and beyond archaeology and to foreground empires as a cross-cultural category. This book demonstrates how archaeological research can contribute to our conceptualization of empires across disciplinary boundaries.

Subjects: Archaeology

Contributor Bios
Anna L. Boozer is an associate professor of Roman Mediterranean archaeology and history at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research focuses on the dynamics of imperialism in everyday life in Roman Egypt and Meroitic Sudan.
Bleda S. Düring is an associate professor in Near Eastern archaeology at Leiden University. His research focuses on the archaeology of the early Assyrian Empire and the comparative archaeology of empire.
Bradley J. Parker (1961–2018) was an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Utah and a key scholar on the archaeology of empire, investigating both the Assyrian and Andean Empires.