Antarctic Heritage, Materiality and Narratives

Author(s): Maria X Senatore

Year: 2016


This paper is framed in a broader theoretical discussion on the role that materiality plays in the building of the Master Narratives of Antarctic History. In order to explore the scope of the Antarctic Heritage at present I have studied the following items and the relationships they bear to one another: a) some of the most widely spread versions of the Antarctic History; b) the process for designating Historic Sites and Monuments under the Antarctic Treaty and the characteristics of the designated sites; and c) the role of historical narratives and the material culture in the efforts for the preservation of these sites. This paper proposes an active role for historical and archaeological research in setting the agenda for the conservation of the Antarctic cultural heritage. The contributions of such research will help widen the scope of the Antarctic Heritage.

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Antarctic Heritage, Materiality and Narratives. Maria X Senatore. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434880)

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