The Liberating Power of Archaeology : Changing Aims and Directions in Archaeology

Archaeology and exhibition

The experiences of collections and the language by which archaeological objects are made to speak are the means by which a past is created and the future is shaped.

Discourse and imagery in archaeology, history and other intellectual pursuits originate and are perpetuated by corporeal experiences of people and things.

Exhibitions of archaeological objects appeal to the mind through the expressive impact of material media.

Symbols are recalled through proxies of their moment of origin when the experience was there before language, or more precisely when the spark of the experience appeared to be independent of language.

New symbols are also generated by new associations, and arrangements of material remains to appropriate the past for current agenda.

 

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