Ambiguity and Omission: Creative Mediation of the Unknowable Past

Giacomo Savani, Victoria Thompson

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In this chapter, we discuss the entangled threads that link archaeological and artistic attempts to decipher the stuff of which the past is made, building up from the collaborative experience of two scholars who are also creative artists.
The first part of this chapter reviews recent work on the meaning of archaeological imagination, highlighting the potential of paratactic approaches to the past. We then investigate the impact that imagination and art might have on archaeological research, addressing the multifaceted challenges of representing and interpreting the past within and outside an academic context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching the Archaeological Past through Imagined Narratives
Subtitle of host publicationA Necessary Fiction
EditorsDaniël van Helden, Robert Witcher
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Print)9781032081939
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Archaeological imagination
  • Art and Archaeology


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