Economies of Duration in Urban Archaeology

Author(s): James R Dixon

Year: 2013


Looking to urban life in the recent past, present and future, conventional archaeological chronologies are of less relevance than in deeper history. Instead, we might replace ordered time with duration, time-as-experienced, in our analyses. However, if we want to look at the duration of individual events in the city, we run the risk of reducing our work to a point where it is essentially meaningless, considering single seconds in individual lives at the expense of a 'bigger picture'. This paper will discuss the economy of duration in urban archaeology, by describing what durational time might look like to an archaeologist, how it can be of the utmost importance in our understanding of contemporary urban space, and how we might strike a useful balance between properly understanding transition in people's daily lives and reductio ad absurdum.

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Economies of Duration in Urban Archaeology. James R Dixon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428441)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 386