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43 Chapter 2 The past is ours Images of Greek Macedonia Kostas Kotsakis Introduction In November 1977, in a packed auditorium at the University of Thessaloniki, the most spectacular archaeological find of the last decades was presented to the thrilled audience. Few of us realised at that time that the rich results of the excavations of the Great Tumulus at Vergina had opened a complete new chapter thrilled audience. Few of us realised at that time that the rich results of the excavations of the Great Tumulus at Vergina had opened a complete new chapter in Macedonia, and that this find would affect, directly or indirectly, the fate of all subsequent archaeology in this part of Greece.

A number of reasons, not necessarily related to archaeological priorities, can be held responsible for this apparent lag in entering the area of collective archaeological imagination. The political adventures of the region, since the beginning of the century, were, without any doubt, a crucial factor. Successive wars in the region practically ended in the 1950s, and prior to that, in 1922, a huge wave of refugees from Asia Minor had settled in this land.

Fawcett (eds) Nationalism, Politics, and the Practise of Archaeology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 263–79. Tsalakos, G. Kranidiotis (eds) Kypros: Istoria, Problemata kai Agones tou Laou tis (Cyprus: History, Problems and the Struggles of its People), Athens: Hestia. C. and Bienkowski, P. (1988) Cypriot Pottery in the Liverpool Museum, An Interim List, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, Occasional Papers 2, Liverpool: Liverpool Museum, van Dommelen, P. (1997) ‘Colonial constructs: colonialism and archaeology in the Mediterranean’, World Archaeology 28: 305–23.

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