The Weight of History: Visual Narratives for an Autobiographic Archaeology
Issue: Vol 7 No. 1 (2020)
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Archaeology
Subject Areas: Archaeology
In an attempt at situating the experiences of common people within larger historical structures, this paper takes inspiration from innovative historiographical approaches, in particular "history from below". After introductory thoughts on the practice of writing history, we trace several distinct yet interconnected moments in the political history of Iran that have unfolded over the course of three generations. Our textual narrative is accompanied by an artistic rendering, which not only encourages readers to recognize different formats through which the past can be accessed, but also invites them to experience history as an accumulation of storylines.
Author: Maria Theresia Starzmann, Leila Papoli-Yazdi
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