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"Thrown like chaff in the wind": Excavation, memory and the negotiation of loss in the scottish highlands

Citation
Jones S (2012) "Thrown like chaff in the wind": Excavation, memory and the negotiation of loss in the scottish highlands, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 16 (2), pp. 346-366.

Abstract
Memory has become an important area of research in historical archaeology over the last decade with an increasing focus on retrieving the narratives of subaltern groups and painful memories of conflict, displacement and loss. Drawing on ethnographic research, I explore how archaeological excavation provides an arena for sharing, negotiating and contesting difficult forms of memory associated with the Highland Clearances. I argue that the Clearances involve a kind of "postmemory" revolving around a series of iconic motifs and that this provides a framework for interpretation and action in the present. Coherence is produced not through the "excavation" of silenced narratives, but through social processes of performance, negotiation and "composure," as people engage in a dialogue with past, present and future.

Keywords
Memory; Loss; Displacement; Monuments; Scotland

StatusPublished
AuthorsJones Sian
Publication date06/2012
PublisherSpringer
ISSN 1092-7697
LanguageEnglish

Journal
International Journal of Historical Archaeology: Volume 16, Issue 2 (2012)

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