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On Pastness: A Reconsideration of Materiality in Archaeological Object Authenticity
This article argues for a modified constructivist approach to archaeological object authenticity which takes the object's materiality seriously. This is accomplished by defining authenticity not in
Beyond crusades: how (not) to engage with alternative archaeologies
Abstract Archaeologists have often felt uneasy when encountering alternative (fringe, cult, fantastic, pseudo-) archaeologies. Some have suggested that alternative approaches and their results must
Notes on the Life History of a Pot Sherd
This article discusses various life history approaches in archaeology: short life histories study the lives of things in the past (until they end up in the ground), long life histories study these
The life‐histories of megaliths in Mecklenburg‐Vorpommern (Germany)
Abstract In many cases, prehistoric monuments had long ‘life‐histories’ after their initial construction. In the form of a monument ‘biography’, this paper traces the lives of megaliths in
Can less be more? Heritage in the age of terrorism
Abstract Western civilization does not have a particularly good track record of saving cultural heritage from destruction, but in recent centuries it has surrounded itself with a rather firm ideology
Towards a Chronology of Megaliths: Understanding Monumental Time and Cultural Memory
AbstractI argue in this paper that monuments such as megaliths can be understood in terms of 'prospective' and 'retrospective memories'. They were originally built as permanent and widely visible
Some Reflections on Heritage and Archaeology in the Anthropocene
Are we now living in a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene? Geo-scientists discuss whether there is a need for a new concept covering the last 250 years' immense human impact on the earth.
A European perspective on indigenous and immigrant archaeologies
Abstract This essay scrutinizes the special status of indigenous archaeologies in contemporary world archaeology. My aim is to contribute to the future development of indigenous archaeologies by
On the Possibility of Time Travel
Holtorf, Cornelius. 2009. On the Possibility of Time Travel. Lund Archaeological Review 15 (2009), pp. 31-41. Time travel can be defined as an experience and social practice in the present that
The need and potential for an archaeology orientated towards the present
The question ‘Can an archaeologist be a public intellectual?’ appears to express both an unfulfilled desire and a secret hope of an entire professional corps to count among them at least a few publ