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330 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published May 2017

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784915001

Digital: 9781784915018

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Time Travel; Archaeological Theory; Heritage; Past Studies; Experimental Archaeology; Experiential Archaeology; Cultural Theory; Re-enactment

The Archaeology of Time Travel

Experiencing the Past in the 21st Century

Edited by Bodil Petersson, Cornelius Holtorf

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This volume explores the relevance of time travel as a characteristic contemporary way to approach the past. Papers explore various types and methods of time travel and seek to prove that time travel is a legitimate and timely object of study and critique because it represents a significant way to bring the past back to life in the present.



Introduction: The Meaning of Time Travel (Cornelius Holtorf) ;

Time Travel Using 3D Methodologies: Visualising the Medieval Context of a Baptismal Font (Nicoló Dell’Unto, Ing-Marie Nilsson† and Jes Wienberg) ;

The Kivik Grave, Virtual Bodies in Ritual Procession: Towards New Artistic Interactive Experiences for Time Travellers (Magali Ljungar-Chapelon) ;

Time Travel Paradoxes and Archaeology (Per Stenborg) ;

Taking Us to the Past and the Past to Us (Isto Huvila) ;

Use the Past, Create the Future: The Time Travel Method, a Tool for Learning, Social Cohesion and: Community Building (Ebbe Westergren) ;

To Make and to Experience Meaning: How Time Travels are Perceived amongst Participants (Niklas Ammert and Birgitta E. Gustafsson) ;

Time Travellers Beware! Risk and Responsibility in Public Uses of History (Stefan Nyzell) ;

Forming Bridges Through Time Travel (Cecilia Trenter) ;

Performing the Past: Time Travels in Archaeological Open-air Museums (Stefanie Samida) ;

Being There: Time Travel, Experience and Experiment in Re-enactment and ‘Living: History’ Performances (Mads Daugbjerg) ;

Face-to-Face with the Past: Pompeii to Lejre (Cornelius Holtorf) ;

The Power of Time Travel Roeland Paardekooper) ;

Mediated and Embodied Pasts – A Comment (Carsten Tage Nielsen) ;

Waterworld: Travels in Time between Past and Future Worlds (Bodil Petersson) ;

A Cup of Decaf Past: An Archaeology of Time Travel, Cinema and Consumption (Dawid Kobiałka) ;

On Time Travelling and Cinema (Laia Colomer) ;

A Cup of Decaf Past and Waterworld (Niklas Hillbom) ;

History as an Adventure: Time Travel in Late Modernity from the Perspective of a European Ethnologist (Michaela Fenske) ;

Time Travel to the Present: Interview with Erika Andersson Cederholm (Cornelius Holtorf and Bodil Petersson) ;

Time-Travelling Tourism: Reflections on the Past as a Place of Fascination as well as Refuge (Thomas Småberg) ;

Time Travels as Alternative Futures (Britta Timm Knudsen) ;

Anachronism and Time Travel (Bodil Petersson)

About the Author

Bodil Petersson is an archaeologist teaching and researching archaeology and heritage studies at Linnaeus University, Sweden. Her research concerns archaeology and time travel, experimental heritage, history of archaeology, the role of archaeology in society, archaeology/heritage and identity, archaeology/heritage and communication, heritage on display, digital heritage and digital archaeology. During the years 2013–2016 she conducted research in a Swedish Science Council-funded project called ArkDIS, Archaeological Information in the Digital Society. Since autumn 2014, she has been Program Director of the Bachelor’s Programme in Heritage in Present and Future Society at Linnaeus University.

Cornelius Holtorf gained his PhD at the University of Wales, UK, in 1998 and was subsequently employed at the University of Gothenburg, the University of Cambridge, the Swedish National Heritage Board in Stockholm, and the University of Lund. Since 2008 he has lived in Kalmar, Sweden, where he is currently a Professor of Archaeology at Linnaeus University, Director of the Graduate School in Contract Archaeology ( and the spokesperson of the Centre for Applied Heritage. He is also o-Investigator in the major AHRC funded project on ‘Heritage Futures’ (2015–2019).