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Treasured memories: An anecdotal mapping of wartime caches in Estonia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2014 (English)In: Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past / [ed] Olsen, Bjørnar & Pétursdóttir, Ϸóra, Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2014, 143-161 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

War and forced human migration are unfortunately two characteristics of the twentieth century; the phenomena are closely related to each other and they are both associated with an enormous amount of human pain and suffering. Being forced to abandon your home normally means leaving behind most, if not all, of your belongings.This loss is, of course, not as severe as the frequent loss of life that occurs in wartime, but it is nonetheless significant. The world in which we live is very much a material one, and when we are deprived of our possessions it is shaken to its foundations. It can feel as though part of us has been lost, and can even force us to entertain doubts as to who we really are. Is a carpenter without his tools still a carpenter? Can we remember our personal history without the objects that served as repositories of those memories? Are we the same without our belongings?

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Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2014. 143-161 p.
, Archaeological Orientations, 2
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Archaeology of the contemporary past, material culture, memory, anecdotal mapping, Estonia, World War II
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103117ISBN: 978-0-415-52362-2OAI: diva2:715719
Available from: 2014-05-06 Created: 2014-05-06 Last updated: 2014-05-20Bibliographically approved

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