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Anachronism and Time Travel
Taken from The Archaeology of Time Travel (Petersson & Holtorf (eds), Archaeopress, 2017) by Bodil Petersson.
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It is often argued that well-prepared time travels, for example those through reenactment and reconstruction, represent some kind of gained truth about the past. There is a striving for authenticity in detail, sometimes with a need to fill a few gaps here and there where information is missing. Anachronism on the other hand is generally banned and seen as something that should not appear at all in settings where authenticity is required. I argue, from my own experiences with research and from examples throughout this book, that the driving force behind all time travels is anachronism at its very core, and that conscious use of anachronism is an important and essential method for developing new approaches to and understanding of ourselves as well as of past societies being (re)created in the present.

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