The Science of Souvenirs: Past, Present, and Future

Author(s): Erica Begun-Veenstra

Year: 2018


For many people, material objects hold the memory of a time and place. For some families, these objects, collected at meaningful and important times and places, can become heirlooms with an additional, familial significance tying generations to a distant time and place. For others, these objects reflect personal journeys and experiences. By examining two case studies—the Michoacan originating ceramics of the N1W5:19 compound at Teotihuacan and the exchange and collecting of lapel pins at an international children’s competition—this paper seeks to address the importance of collecting keepsakes and souvenirs as markers of memory of distant lands, personal connections, and travels.

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The Science of Souvenirs: Past, Present, and Future. Erica Begun-Veenstra. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444658)

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Abstract Id(s): 18869