The people of the past: part 1

Science is not – and can never be – apolitical. Moreover, anthropology and archaeology as a discipline originated in colonial contexts. How should we now navigate issues of ownership with regard to human remains in cultural collections? … More The people of the past: part 1

An invisible heritage

It is Halloween. The veils between our world and the world of the supernatural are thin. Our streets will be filled with strange, other-worldly apparitions demanding bribes to leave nearby humans in peace for another year. Normal religious belief systems are overtaken by anti-religion, the otherworldly forces devoted to disruption, ahierarchy, and the subversion of Christian morality. … More An invisible heritage

Authenticity III: The replicant question

I’ve already discussed in this mini-series how authenticity can be used to describe the original, unaltered material of a heritage asset, an accurate representation of a past time, or the experience of an encounter with an apparently genuine or meaningful form of heritage. In the case of 3D printing, a heritage asset can be so perfectly reproduced that the copy has the same form as the individual – visually and even, in some cases, with the material from which it is constructed replicated exactly, down to details not visible to the naked eye. How authentic, then, are these copies? … More Authenticity III: The replicant question