Material and Intangible Interventions as future-making heritage at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

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Using archaeological studies of political imprisonment in Ireland as a focus this paper will argue that understandings and material interventions at Kilmainham Gaol is central to our understandings of evolving identity and memory in post-partition Ireland for a number of reasons. This historic prison and its material form is not only an ‘icon’ of historical struggle, where archaeological methodologies and theories can help to uncover the past realities of imprisonment, it is also a highly political place of the present where conflict endures regarding who continues to ‘win’ the peace in the realm of public memory. This paper argues that archaeological approaches to a transitional heritage site are ideally placed to illuminate not only experiences of the functional past but also their evolving relationships to the contemporary society as a form of future-making.
TidsskriftJournal of Contemporary Archaeology
Sider (fra-til)120-135
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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