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Decolonizing archeology: the Sistine Chapel of Guaviare

Western archeology is still dependent on a form of colonialist thought. For example, I take the recent Guardian article, 'Sistine Chapel of the ancients' rock art discovered in remote Amazon forest, picked up by newspapers around the world. The site is said to be so new "that it wouldn't even have a name", according to the "discoverer explorers". The place is said to be infested "with crocodiles, snakes and by FARC guerrillas" (with which it would be necessary to negotiate),…