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Re: contradictory past

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Tim Neal <[log in to unmask]>

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Tim Neal <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 16 Oct 2007 17:30:51 +0200

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Yes, but at the same time the original query was about (excuse me if I 
am wrong) the use of the term in this jiscmail group?
In this case, the group works around the 'contemporary past' tediously 
understood to be that bit that is closer to now in terms of clocks and 
filofaxes.  So there is a sense in which by employing the concept this 
group is not evoking the understanding Christopher and Cornelius are 
describing but negating it.



Christopher Witmore wrote:
> To amplify Cornelius' point, such is only a contradiction for those 
> who locate the past elsewhere and treat the outcomes of their work as 
> the starting points. Contemporary past should be jarring to those who 
> hold such a belief precisely because it locates the past, not only in 
> more recent contexts, but also where it has always been in the 
> present. The contemporary is always made up of polychronic ensembles. 
> In fact, I just picked up a book off my shelf which translates 
> something of the Egyptian past into two dimensions, and I should get 
> back to reading it.
>
> On 10/16/07, *Cornelius Holtorf* <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>     Well, Paul - can there be a past that is not contemporary?
>
>     C
>
>     -----
>     Cornelius Holtorf
>     * from January 2008: Kalmar University *
>     Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens historia, Lunds universitet
>     http://web.comhem.se/cornelius
>
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     From: lineone <[log in to unmask]
>     <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>     Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 12:07 pm
>     Subject: contradictory past
>
>     > Was talking to an Egyptologist last night who objected that the
>     > term
>     > "contemporary past" was a contradiction in terms. I can see what
>     > she
>     > means. Did we adopt this term because the millenium stopped us
>     > talking
>     > about 20th century archaeology? can there be a contemporary past?
>     >
>     > I just wondered.....
>     >
>     > P G-B
>     >
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> -- 
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> Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
> Brown University
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