Book: Archaeology at Home
Chapter: Homes: Memories of Things, Life and Time
Homes – this peculiar constellation of humans, places and things seem to reach wide and deep into humans’ lives. Even distant stoneagers had homes, perhaps many - even the homeless in our time have homes. Rich or poor, temporal or stable, however different – they rarely last for long. As individuals come and go in an ever-changing world, homes with their things are in constant flux. Things may spill from one home to another, but seem to be gradually pushed towards the peripheries as their memories and fade. As part of active memoryscapes, some of these memories have faces and names for a brief time – others have to rely on archaeological skills to be recognised.