The New Heritage: A Missing Link between Finnish Archaeology and Contemporary Society?

Johanna Enqvist

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For decades archaeologists in Finland have discussed the purpose of archaeological research and expressed the urge to increase archaeology’s influence in society. However, this exchange of views has not fostered systematic scientific attempts to analyse the societal aspect of Finnish archaeology or the complicated relationship between heritage management and academic archaeology. Finnish archaeologists are eager to promote the importance of academic research and expertise in heritage management, even if the concept and study of heritage has been almost entirely neglected in Finnish archaeology. Critical examination of dominant conceptions and ideologies in the intersecting fields of Finnish heritage management and academic archaeology could advance the understanding and the rethinking of archaeology’s role in the heritage process, or in society for that matter. A ‘democratisation’ of heritage, that is, insights into community participation and social inclusion, the New Heritage, could establish a link between archaeological knowledge and the well-being of people in contemporary and future societies. This requires the concepts of heritage, archaeology and heritage management to be distinguished and understood as key elements of self-contained but overlapping and connected realms, which can be analysed by conceptualising them as discourses.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFennoscandia Archaeologica
VolumeXXXI (2014)
Pages (from-to)101
Number of pages123
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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