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Archaeological Practice, Material Objects, and Social Memory

Author(s): Stephen Silliman

Year: 2016

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This paper attempts to circumvent the dichotomy of remembering/forgetting and instead focuses on the process of slimming down or building up social memory. Such an emphasis attends to the question of not whether something is remembered or forgotten, but the push-and-pull of how it is remembered: the details, valences, politics, pulses, and potency. It also considers archaeology – in its practices and in its objects – firmly within that collective and often national process, not separate from it. I consider two examples, one drawn from collaborative work with a Native American community in northeastern North America and one focused on the representations of colonialism in metropolitan France.

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Archaeological Practice, Material Objects, and Social Memory. Stephen Silliman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434940)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America