David is right and no, Greg, there is virtually no serious discussion about the future in archaeology or the heritage sector at all.
I think we need a book in archaeology that corresponds somewhat to Samuel Gerald Collins' All Tomorrow's Cultures. Anthropological Engagements with the Future (Berghahn, 2008).
Specific projects to be discussed could include the messages about life on earth sent into space for any other living beings that will find them a long time in the future (or not, as the case maybe). And of course the nuclear waste sites of our time that are to be buried for "eternity" as archaeological sites preferably not to be dug up in the future. Closer to home there is the question for which future we are actually preserving museum collections and historic city centres, and why we believe we can know that these things will be appreciated by future generations at all (are there historic precedents?).
There is also fascinating material evidence of past futures, not only in science fiction novels but also at sites like Disneyland's Tomorrowland. As they say: nothing ages faster than the future....
I have started to collect some material on such issues and at some point I will hopefully find the time to write it up. Presumably there are others doing the same. Let's do a Future CHAT at some point (yes, in the future!) and publish it together.
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From: Discussion List for Contemporary and Historical Archaeology [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Greg Bailey
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Subject: Re: Archaeology of the future
I thought that was what we were doing all along?
Regards to all
On 3 Sep 2010, at 23:05, David Gordon wrote:
> I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who is researching (or
> just interested in) any aspect of the Archaeology of the Future.
> We've done Historical, we've done Contemporary, logically this just
> seems like the next step.
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