Technologies of Remembrance

Memory, materiality and identity in Early Bronze Age Scotland
  • Andrew Jones


This paper argues that if we are to fully appreciate the nature of collective remembrance we need to acknowledge the active participation of the material world in eliciting remembrance. It is suggested that technological production is allied to the creation of collective memories and sequences of artefact and monument production are highlighted as one means of promoting certain forms of remembrance. Furthermore, it is argued that these modalities of remembrance are, in turn, constitutive of specific narratives of identity. A case study explores the structure and sequence of use of monuments, mortuary sites, rock art sites and the mode of artefact production and deposition in different regions of Early Bronze Age Scotland in order to suggest that these relate to differing expressions of remembrance and identity.

Key words

Bronze Age identity narrative ritual Scotland technology 


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  • Andrew Jones
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  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK

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