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The Weight of History: Visual Narratives for an Autobiographic Archaeology (under publication)

Journal article
Authors Maria Maria T. Starzmann
Leila Papoli-yazdi
Published in Journal of contemporary archaeology
ISSN 2051-3429
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Historical Studies
Language en
Keywords archaeology of contemporary past, memory, private space, resistance
Subject categories Archaeology, Non-European, Archaeology


The search for the past is often romanticized and the work of archaeologists likened to that of other adventurers—Indiana Jones, spies, time travelers. History, however, is not about searching and finding a hidden treasure chest, or revealing and cracking open a long forgotten story, and not every aspect of the past reveals itself willingly to the archaeologist. Some histories are difficult to retrieve, some storylines hard to trace—not necessarily because they are buried deeper than others but because they are deeply personal. These are the histories that are tied up with experiences of trauma, violence, and loss, and sometimes they are the ones that are closest to home because they involve our country, fellow citizens, or our family. (in Press)

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