Unruly Heritage

An Archaeology of the Anthropocene

The aim of this project is to investigate how the haunting, ruined, and stranded material legacies of the Anthropocene
challenge current conceptions of heritage, and urge us to adopt more accommodating and complex understandings.

Unruly Heritage explores how things’ persistency complicates and questions traditional delineations between past
and present, and how their unruly afterlives allow for alternative memory practices. It critically scrutinizes the
ethical foundations of heritage, as well as explores possible justifications for, and consequences of an ethics
extended to things. In doing so, it investigates how a radical broadening of the humanistic concept
of care may contribute to alternative and more ecologically sound heritage approaches.




Esther Breithoff / Levi Bryant / Mats Burström / Denis Byrne
Caitlin DeSilvey / Ewa Domanska / Geneviève Godin / Timothy LeCain
Bjørnar Olsen / Þóra Pétursdóttir / Anatolijs Venovcevs / Svetlana Vinogradova



Funded by The Research Council of Norway


Unruly Heritage is still on very wet, very cold fieldwork up in Finnmark, but that doesn't mean we don't look fabulous doing it. Have you ever heard of Sværholt style?! #fashionblogger #archaeology #leggings


A Mesolithic arrowhead at one of the many archaeological sites by the Varanger fjord. An amazing area to experience ancient archaeology visible on the surface.

Unruly family members Esther Breithoff (postdoctoral researcher) and Levi Bryant (@LarvalSubjects) carrying equipment in the field at our Sværholt site in Finnmark.

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