No future in archaeological heritage management?

Anders Hogberg, Cornelius Holtorf, Sarah May, Gustav wollentz

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    Although the future is mentioned frequently in overarching aims and visions, and it is a major drive in the daily work of archaeological heritage managers and indeed heritage professionals more generally, it remains unclear precisely how an overall commitment to the future can best inform specific heritage practices. It seems that most archaeologists and other heritage professionals cannot easily express how they conceive of the future they work for, and how their work will impact on that future. The future tends to remain implicit in daily practice which operates in a continuing, rolling present. The authors argue that this needs to change because present-day heritage management may be much less beneficial for the future than we commonly expect.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)639-647
    Number of pages9
    JournalWorld Archaeology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Archaeological practice
    • conservation ethos
    • future consciousness
    • heritage futures


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