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The time travellers’ tools of the trade: some trends at Lejre
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0557-9651
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS), ISSN 1352-7258, E-ISSN 1470-3610, Vol. 20, no 7-8, 782-797 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is about how the emphasis of the archaeological open-air museum at Lejre, Denmark, has been shifting from a research institution towards an archaeological theme park. I am discussing how material culture and associated skills and perceptions have been facilitating time-travel experiences at Lejre from 1964 until today. My main focus is on the prehistoric families who each summer have been inhabiting the full-size model of the Iron Age village known as Lethra. In 2011, I conducted participant observation in the village. This paper presents some of my observations and insights. I am also asking what the discernible trends and transformations over time, imply for how we are to understand contemporary forms of living history and related genres. The discussion explores some implications of my study regarding the nature of authenticity and how the past comes to lifeat Lethra. I conclude by exploring some important trends for cultural heritage and heritage tourism in our age that arise from my study.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 20, no 7-8, 782-797 p.
Keyword [en]
Experimental archaeology, Archaeological theme park, Public archaeology, Authenticity, Presence of the past
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Archaeology
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Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-27639DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2013.818568ISI: 000341277900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-27639DiVA: diva2:637917
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The Archaeology of Time Travel
Available from: 2013-07-23 Created: 2013-07-23 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved

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