A thousand ruins: an alternative history of contemporary Spain.

Author(s): Alfredo González-Ruibal

Year: 2013


An alternative history of late modern Spain can be narrated through its ruins. In this paper, I will examine the debris of different modernist dreams that were shattered by the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent dictatorship. I will argue that the ruins of utopia are not exactly remnants of the past, but of the future - or rather, an alternative time that is made of both. From this point of view, they allow us to problematize notions of temporality in archaeology and envisage richer archaeological narratives.

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A thousand ruins: an alternative history of contemporary Spain.. Alfredo González-Ruibal. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428613)


Narrative time utopia

Geographic Keywords
Spain Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -18.003; min lat: 27.731 ; max long: 4.276; max lat: 43.764 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 383