Meskell probes the critical edges of where archaeology is going in terms of our understanding of the materiality of human culture and experience, heritage, ethics, and political justice. She offers a different image for the role of the archaeologist, one that lies behind her move from being an Egyptologist to studying and promoting South African heritage. Ultimately, she puts forth her own ethical stance – doing right by people’s fascination with archaeology.

Chris Witmore: Lynn, throughout your career you have heralded the powers of archaeology as a field of relations, practices, performances, experiences, etc., which can contribute to cuttingedge agendas and debates in the humanities and social sciences. In terms of this broad agenda, would you take stock with us concerning where we are at this juncture in our disciplinary history?