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Creative Confusion: Modern Ruins and the Archaeology of the Present
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2011 (English)In: Rethinking Time: Essays on History, Memory, and Representation / [ed] Hans Ruin & Andrus Ers, Huddinge: Södertörn University , 2011, 1, 119-128 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Ruins, understood as a cultural state in which material objects find themselves, affect people. This applies in particular to ruins of the late modern era. In contrast to how we normally perceive remains from antiquity, many of us do not seem fully mentally prepared to meet the contemporary past in state of ruin. Realizing that even the present and the familiar now are objects of archaeological concern makes you reflect upon the passing of time and your own place in history. Suddenly, the fundamental categories of past and present do not seem relevant. This confusion may indeed be creative and points towards an archaeology beyond modernity, an archaeology that recognizes no chronological borders.

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Huddinge: Södertörn University , 2011, 1. 119-128 p.
, Södertörn Philosophical Studies 9, ISSN 1651-6834 ; 9
Keyword [en]
Modern Ruins, Archaeology of the Contemporary Past, the Meaning of Time, Beyond Modernity
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Humanities History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62824OAI: diva2:445067
Time, Memory, Representation. A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness
Available from: 2011-10-02 Created: 2011-10-02 Last updated: 2011-10-12Bibliographically approved

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