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Bridging the abyss of time: Material culture, cultural reproduction and the sacred time of origin
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2005 (English)In: Poineer settlements and colonization processes in the Barents region / [ed] Helena Knutsson, Vuollerim: Vuollerim 6000 år , 2005, 181-219 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this contribution to the workshop proceedings it is proposed that the cultural change in the Scandinavian north in the Early Holocene, may be understood as a crisis resulting in an activated relationship to the past. The remains of settlements from the pioneering period around 9000 cal BC found scattered in the barren hills of northern coastal Norway, may in my opinion thus in the early Stone Age have been seen as the sacred times of origins. The argument relates to how culture, reproduced through socialization mainly as embodied habits, in times of dissonance between the lived experience of day-to-day action and its cultural “structure”, surface and thus is made discursive. Relics from the period of “sacred origins” are reused to formulate a new culture bearing narrative. In the argument the profession of archaeology is used as a metaphor for this view of an objectified past. The paper thus is a commentary on the concept of Modernity, here comprehended not only as a unique, recent event in Western Europe but as in as cycles of societal crises resulting in stronger emphasis on “historical reflexion” and objectification.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Vuollerim: Vuollerim 6000 år , 2005. 181-219 p.
, Vuollerim Papers on Hunter-gatherer Archaeology, ISSN 1653-302X ; 1
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"hunter-gatherers", "colonization"
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-74553ISBN: 91-974562-1-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-74553DiVA: diva2:102463
Workshop held in Vuollerim 6000 år, 5-7 december 2003Available from: 2005-10-12 Created: 2005-10-12 Last updated: 2011-04-01Bibliographically approved

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