On today's episode, Stuart Rathbone talks about anarchism in archaeology. It's a complicated subject and he tries to define it for the field and determine what it means and how it works.
- Several chapters in Stuart’s book Archaeological Boundaries deal with anarchic and anarchist themes. The book can be downloaded for free or for a voluntary donation at;
- Another article by Stuart looking at the execution, burial and commemoration of two members of the Industrial Workers of the World can be found at;
- David Graeber’s excellent essay Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology can be downloaded for free at;
- The Society for American Archaeology special edition ‘Anarchy and Archaeology’ can be downloaded for free at;
- Anarchic anthropologist Brian Morris and Charles Macdonald have various papers available for free download;
- For an in depth and comprehensive account of the anarchist political movement Peter Marshall’s book ‘Demanding the Impossible’ is highly recommended. Harold Barclay wrote many relevant books but ‘Peoples without Government’ is probably the best place to start. For Pierre Clastres both ‘Society against the State’ and ‘Archaeology of Violence’ are both essential reading.