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Some Reflections on Heritage and Archaeology in the Anthropocene

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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. How are we going to understand and define 'heritage' and archaeology in a rapidly changing global environment? The 'linguistic turn' in humanities and social sciences has had a huge impact on both archaeology and heritage studies since c. 1980. A critique is raised against the anti-essentialist view that heritage is constructed, not discovered. Furthermore, the paper discusses the legacy of 'the linguistic turn', post-processualism and environmental archaeology.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Archaeology, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Norway 2: Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden 3: Adam Mickiewicz University at Poznan, Poland/Stanford University, California, USA 4: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, United Kingdom 5: Heritage Laboratory, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain 6: School of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden 7: Institute of Archaeology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland 8: The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden 9: Research School of Humanities & the Arts, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 10: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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