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The Future in the Past: new perspectives to forward thinking in ancient society

A free-entry one-day colloquium exploring new research into past societies' conception of their future, and archaeology's interpretative challenge.

The power of hindsight in archaeology, exploring the succession of past material residues, is a documentation of actions and events that have already taken place at some point in the past. But how does this problematise our attempts to understand past conceptions of a possible future?

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The speakers from academic and professional institutions around the UK explore a range of themes including the construction of Neolithic tombs in Scotland and southern Britain, Bronze Age field systems on Dartmoor, Iron Age lunar cycles, medieval conceptions of time, and the challenges of archaeological interpretation in the modern age.


Professor John Barrett | talks
Dr Andrew Chamberlain | talks
Dr Mike Parker Pearson | talks
Dr Lesley McFayden | talks
Dr Stephanie Koerner | talks
Mrs Diana Coles | talks
Miss Helen Foxhall Forbes | talks
Dr David Mullin | talks
Dr Jodie Lewis | talks
Mr Marcus Brittain | talks
Miss Helen Wickstead | talks


Date and Time:

15 June 2004 at 9:30 am


Full Day



MANIAC (Manchester Interpretative Archaeology Colloquia)
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

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