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The poetic dimension of fragments
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2017 (English)In: Inside and beside the camp / [ed] Jan Kaila, Japo Knuutila, Helsinki: The Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the arts Helsinki , 2017, 82-87 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

From a poetic perspective the essential quality of archaeological fragments is their relation to time. Our spontaneous desire when encountering them is not to collect them all and put them back together into the original whole of which they once formed a part. Instead, fragments point to something beyond this, hinting at the larger complexity of reality. They evoke reflections that move between different temporalities at the same time; this is radically different from the grand narratives usually offered by conventional, linear history. For a poetic archaeology, the way to approach the past is closer to the way in which human memory works; mixing and making sense of fragments from different contexts and periods of time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: The Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the arts Helsinki , 2017. 82-87 p.
Keyword [en]
fragments, archaeology, contemporary past, poetics
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History and Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-146524ISBN: 978-952-7131-36-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-146524DiVA: diva2:1137475
Available from: 2017-08-31 Created: 2017-08-31 Last updated: 2017-09-08Bibliographically approved

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