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


"The quack zone." A beach drift rubber duck.

#wrack #wrackzone #quack #report #rubberduck #plastic #duck #marinelitter #archaeology #contemporaryarchaeology #unrulyheritage #heritage… https://t.co/wIncagLmUt

The abandoned train station in Kirovsk, Russia is a bit of a mystery. Kirovsk is a small mining town built in the 1930s and serviced by a local electrified rail line. For towns of its size… https://t.co/YW4grOchVk

Nighttime pictures from Arkhangelsk, Russia. The city has hundreds of these wooden houses dating to pre-communist times. In a different time or place, they would be renovated, restored… https://t.co/f8tcwaLBog

An "ancient" ruin. Pictures inside of an abandoned Stalinist palace of culture. The moulded classical columns on a winter day hint at something more ancient than a building vacated only… https://t.co/dxKCfIzNuF

It's official! Researcher Þóra Pétursdóttir has been appointed Associate Professor in Critical Heritage Archaeology at the University of Oslo. We all wish Þóra best of luck for this exciting and well-deserved new chapter in her life. 🎉

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