Door knobs and handles

I came across an interesting article on a major German news site about the trend in the US to use door handles (common in Europe) instead of door knobs (until now common in the US). Der knubbelige Türöffner, so ur-amerikanisch wie Apfelkuchen und das Recht, Waffen zu tragen, steht vor dem Aussterben. In US-Eigenheimen finden…

On heritage and reconstruction

Last weekend I attended a workshop on heritage & reconstruction, organised by a group of young heritage professionals unhappy with the current state of both practice and theory in the German heritage sector. This was the sixth such workshop on “Reconsidering heritage management” (Nachdenken über Denkmalpflege). All the others have already been published at www.kunsttexte.de….

Archaeology for all!

For nearly half a century, Erich von Däniken has been developing his account of human history. The fantastic thesis he has been suggesting is that extraterrestrials have been visiting our planet during various periods in the past. And that there is evidence, often archaeological evidence, to prove it. Whereas most academic archaeologist tend to write…

Collective memory and the uses of the past

Earlier this month, I went to a fascinating, interdisciplinary conference on “Collective memory and the uses of the past”, organised by a team around Andy Wood at the School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. The full programme is available here (text file). I was one of only a handful of archaeologists there….