Duration and representation in archaeology and photography

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In this paper I use the representation of the Brodgar Stone, a decorated Neolithic slab found in Orkney, Scotland, in 1925, as a case study for thinking through the multiple temporalities of both archaeology and photography. Beginning with the story of one photograph, I will explore the way in which images of this stone have shaped its ongoing biography as an artefact, and use this as a springboard from which to discuss the relationship between archaeology, photography and time. I will argue that this allows us to explore the association between images and their representations to examine more critically both the way in which archaeologists understand and interpret past visual culture, and how we encounter archaeological material in the present.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeology and Photography
Subtitle of host publicationTime, Objectivity and Archive
EditorsLesley McFadyen, Dan Hicks
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Electronic)9781350029705
ISBN (Print)9781350029682
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2019
EventPhotography and Archaeology (Royal Anthropological Institute Conference 2014) - British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 May 201431 May 2014


ConferencePhotography and Archaeology (Royal Anthropological Institute Conference 2014)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Art and Archaeology
  • Photography
  • Orkney
  • Time
  • Representation
  • Archaeology
  • Visual Culture
  • Temporality
  • 15ref2021


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