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ArchaeologyThe Discipline of Things$
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Bjørnar Olsen, Michael Shanks, Timothy Webmoor, and Christopher Witmore

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274167

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274167.001.0001

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Futures for Things

Futures for Things

Memory Practices and Digital Translation

(p.102) Chapter 6 Futures for Things

Bjørnar Olsen

Michael Shanks

Timothy Webmoor

Christopher Witmore

University of California Press

Chapter six sets out proactive, future-oriented practices; practices that underscore a new metrology for engaging archaeological manifestations and underscore the importance of digital translation for manifesting things. It recognizes the affordances of media with respect to the possibility of future action upon, and engagement with, the past, and it raises the question of memory practices. It specifies how a ruined castle and a former aqueduct present themselves in styles other than language or the visual and are therefore irreducible to spoken or visual forms of translation. This chapter closes by making an argument for the richness of digital practices in attending to the noise of such things.

Keywords:   memory practices, events, noise, digital media, manifestation

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