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The Narrative Atlas: creative prototyping and multivocality in archaeology

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posted on 02.10.2020, 04:26 authored by Ané van der Walt
Winner - ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) local VYT competition 2020
Finalist - international VYT competition 2020


Telling stories is a part of being human. Stories allow us to make sense of the world, remember information and pass on knowledge. Archaeologists are master storytellers who search for physical evidence which is pieced together in the lab to tell stories of people who lived hundreds or thousands of years ago.

But how can we ethically tell stories about cultural heritage that is not our own? How can we create space for the knowledge, perspectives and feelings of the communities themselves, and to present the parts of the stories that science alone cannot capture?

I’m creating an interactive book—a creative, flexible, living archive holding a range of scientific and ephemeral information about a significant Aboriginal landscape in western Victoria. Alongside the scientific data are the voices, perspectives and memories of local Djab wurrung peoples, landowners and researchers, and there is space for much more to be added once the book is passed on to the Traditional Owners.

When we look at more inclusive and creative ways to study the past our stories become richer and more powerful.



ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)