Events, temporalities, and landscapes in Iceland

Oscar Aldred*, Gavin Lucas

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Events are only events when they have happened; they have tense. Considering then the links between temporality and the event is one way to tease out the importance in understanding "durable ruptures": the structures that remain resilient to change and have high degrees of residuality. This paper considers long-term structures in the Icelandic landscape by considering them as assemblage-like: composed of elements with variable degrees of reversibility and residuality, but which collectively form coherent structures. The resilience then of the landscape's elements, such as boundaries and routes, to change by events is dependent on their ability to adapt outside their configured contexts and to act as structural anchors. In doing so the connections between temporality, events, and landscape are explored in one valley, in Pegjandadalur, in northeast Iceland.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEventful Archaeologies
Subtitle of host publicationNew Approaches to Social Transformation in the Archaeological Record
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781438434230
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Other keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Transformation


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