Key PagesChristopher Witmore |
With the completion of my other book projects in 2008, I will begin to explore a series of questions concerning the future of the past, which arose out of my dissertation work. What is the character of the pasts produced by archaeology and more specifically how are these pasts manifested, translated, circulated, stored and reanimated? How have the documentary practices of archaeology transformed over the last 300 years? And what types of pasts do these documentary practices allow us to transport into the future? How can we know what sorts of pasts future generations will wish to live with, interact with, and remember? I plan to address these questions through a series of case studies from Mediterranean Archaeology (including the Argolid Exploration Project). The resulting book will be entitled Open Pasts.