Power and Memory in Latin America: The Uses of the Pre-Columbian Past

Book Section

This essay, published in the proceedings of an international conference on archaeology and memory in light of the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, explores how conceptions of the pre-Columbian past have been used to support political agendas. It includes a critique of von Daniken’s theory of the extraterrestrial origins of pre- Columbian sites, Mexican revolutionary ideology, and Indianist movements in Peru.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Silverblatt, I

Cited Editors

  • Silberman, NA; Frerichs, ES

Published Date

  • 2001

Book Title

  • Archaeology and Society in the 21st Century: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Case Studies

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 32

Published By

Place of Publication

  • Jerusalem