Edited by Cornelius Holtorf, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden and Angela Piccini, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and University of Bristol, UK. Reprinted 2010.
Automobile assembly lines. Nevada Peace Camps. Freeze-dried remains from Antarctic expeditions. The archaeology of tigers. With increasing frequency, archaeologists are transferring their toolkit from the study of the ancient world to research the contemporary one. This volume provides many examples of that, and more. "Contemporary archaeologies marry archaeology in the modern world with the archaeology of the modern world" according to the editors, who asked each author to present not only their research on an aspect of today's existence but also to reveal something about the role and practice of archaeology in the contemporary world. The resulting volume, using both traditional articles and experimental texts, challenges the reader to think of archaeology in new and innovative ways.
This book is about the archaeology of the present and the very recent past. Archaeology's repertoire of questions, procedures, methodologies and terminologies, its material manifestations (protected sites, public museums, archives) and its popular appeals are rooted in modernity.
Contemporary archaeologies marry archaeology in the modern world with the archaeology of the modern world. Their strengths lie in a stimulating mix of interdisciplinary practices across academic, public-sector and professional contexts.
- Angela Piccini/Cornelius Holtorf: Fragments from a Conversation about Contemporary Archaeologies
PART 1: ON THE CHARACTER OF ARCHAEOLOGY/HERITAGE
- Julian Thomas (University of Manchester, UK): Sigmund Freud's Archaeological Metaphor and Archaeology's Self-understanding
- Cornelius Holtorf (University of Kalmar, Sweden): Imagine This: Archaeology in the Experience Economy
- Sarah May (English, Heritage, UK): Then Tyger Fierce Took Life Away: The Contemporary Material Culture Of Tigers
PART 2: RECORDING AND PRESERVING 20TH CENTURY HERITAGE?
- Mike Pearson (University of Aberystwyth, Wales, UK): 'Professor Gregory's Villa' and Piles of Pony Poop: Early Expeditionary Remains in Antarctica
- Colleen M. Beck (Desert Research Institute Las Vegas, USA)/John Schofield (English Heritage, UK)/Harold Drollinger (Desert Research Institute Las Vegas, USA): Archaeologists, Activists, and a Contemporary Peace Camp
- Louise K. Wilson (University of Derby, UK): Notes on a Record of Fear: On the Threshold of the Audible
PART 3: NEW DIMENSIONS OF MATERIALITY
- Mats Burström (Södertörn University, Sweden): Garbage or Heritage: The Existential Dimension of a Car Cemetery
- Jonna Ulin (Göteborg, Sweden): Into the Space of the Past: A Family Archaeology
- Alice Gorman (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia): Beyond The Space Race: The Material Culture Of Space In A New Global Context
PART 4: INTO THE FUTURE
- Angela Piccini (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and University of Bristol, UK): Guttersnipe: A Micro Road Movie
- Paul Graves-Brown (Llanelli, Wales, UK): The Privatisation of Experience and the Archaeology of the Future.
|This fast-paced, diverse and provocative collection will be an important benchmark as the discipline thinks through the implications and potential of the archaeological study of the contemporary world. Dan Hicks, University of Oxford|
|Tigers and ponies and Freud? Indeed, and more. To paraphrase one of the authors, this book is wild, potentially dangerous and powerfully subverts the tendency to trivialize the recent past. Mary Beaudry, Boston University|
|After finishing CORNELIUS HOLTORF and ANGELA PICCINIs collection of essays on Contemporary archaeologies, I am persuaded that there is value in the work produced by archaeologists, artists, performers and anthropologists who are interested in engaging with todays world through an archaeological lens. Madeleine Hummler, Antiquity|
|In my last column, I noted that an Archaeology of Antarctica is on the brink of being written (The Times, February 25th): in ... Britain ... scholars have now begun to do so. ... Mike Pearson of the University of Aberystwyth has written Professor Gregorys Villa and piles of pony poop: early expeditionary remains in Antarctica, forthcoming in Contemporary Archaeologies: Excavating Now, edited by Cornelius Holtorf, of the University of Kalmar, and Angela Piccini of Bristol University (Peter Lang Publishers). Norman Hammond, The Times, March 24, 2008|
|I recommend this book to everyone: contemporary archaeology enthusiasts will find much to enjoy; crusty old sceptics will find their prejudices comfortably reinforced. For newcomers to the field this entertaining and well-written collection makes a powerful case for the unique nature and value of the archaeologist's gaze in the contemporary world. Gabe Moshenska, University College London|
Full list of press coverage and reviews:
Archaeology in and of the modern world, Time and Society 19(3), 2010, 413-416 (Lisa Hill)
Review, Ethnographisch-Archäologische Zeitschrift 50, 2009, 671-3 (Heinrich Härke)
Review, Anthropology Review Database, 1 Dec 2009 (Lawrence Moore)
Review, Norwegian Archaeological Review 42(2), 2009, 205-7 (Gabriel Moshenska)
New Book Chronicle, Antiquity 83, 2009, 883-4 (Madeleine Hummler)
(publication date: 1 Feb 2009)
presents the vibrancy and diversity of current archaeological research about our own time
is the first to use in the title the term "contemporary archaeologies" - a fast developing new field in international archaeology
contains contributions by some of the leading scholars in the field
combines traditional and innovative archaeological methods in the study of unconventional sites
discusses case-studies from Sweden to Antarktica and from Nevada to Australia
blends controversial arguments with innovative forms of writing
was published with support from English Heritage
is now available worldwide