Seeing like an oil company's CHM programme: Exxon and archaeology on the Chad Export Project

Journal Article

James Ferguson's 2005 article ‚Seeing Like an Oil Company‚ powerfully described the development of resource-extraction enclaves in African states, and the complex landscape of globally integrated and excluded territories that such enclaves produce. In this article I discuss the experience of doing cultural heritage management within one such enclave: the patchwork of protected camps, rights-of-way and air-conditioned Land-Cruisers associated with the Chad Export Project and oil production in southwestern Chad, one of the poorest countries on Earth. I will particularly examine the relationships between such 'CHM enclaves' and the development of national archaeological capabilities in African countries.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • MacEachern, S

Published Date

  • October 1, 2010

Published In

  • Journal of Social Archaeology

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 347 - 366

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1469605310378801