The New Heritage and re-shapings of the past

Authored by: Cornelius Holtorf , Graham Fairclough

Reclaiming Archaeology

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415673921
eBook ISBN: 9780203068632
Adobe ISBN: 9781135083533


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By the early twenty-first century, many citizens, including politicians and professional heritage experts, had for some time taken for granted that remains of the past are inherently valuable and therefore deserve to be preserved for the benefit of future generations. This sort of heritage discourse should not be seen as timeless, however, but rather as a fashion situated in the specific historical and cultural context of European, and by extension ‘global’, civilization of the past few centuries (e.g. Choay 2001; Murtagh 2006).

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