The Drift of Time: Enjambment as an Alternative Archaeological Conception of Time

Cassie Gordon (Australia)

Daily blog posts at 08:30 BST/GMT during the festival

While archaeology is essentially a time-centric field, scarcely as archaeologist’s do we turn our lenses inward and interrogate the ways in which we perceive and project our own concepts of time. It is crucial in our discipline that we challenge the pedagogic and institutionalised preference for periodization and absolutism when it comes to interpreting and writing the past. I propose that we instead adopt innovative paths and patterns counter to our ordinary, ensconced views on time. By employing concepts of literary theory—like end-stopping and enjambment—I intend to use poetic expression, accompanied by visual art, as a means to demonstrate the superfluousness of some of our current conceptions of time in archaeology.

This will be explored by a series of blog posts each day during festival CHAT, starting on the 23 October, launched at 8:30 BST.

Click hear to read the Drift of Time series introduction.

Friday 23/10 The Asymmetry of Time

Saturday 24/10 Time’s Arrow: End-Stopping

Sunday 25/10 Time’s Arrow: The Law of Impermanence

Monday 26/10 Pompeii Premise: Still Life

Tuesday 27/10 Palimpsests: Collection

Wednesday 28/10 Palimpsests: Double Exposure

Thursday 29/10 Time Perspectivism: Pointilism

Friday 30/10 Alternative Conceptualisation: Enjambment

Meta ’Matta

Sophie Jennings (Australia)

Parramatta, derived from the Aboriginal place name ‘Burramatta’, is being developed as Greater Sydney’s second city, paralleling its origins as the second settlement established by Europeans in 1788. As the old makes way for the new, so archaeologists have been uncovering the recent and not-so-recent past. 

Meta ’Matta is foremost a personal exploration of doing archaeology in Parramatta over the past four years. Field archaeology is a constant process of interpretation and with this work I seek to reflect on the feelings and experiences that are peripheral but integral to the daily experience of practicing archaeology. It is recollections of commuting, coffee, food and booze. It is a showcase of Parramatta as it is now – midway through its transformation. It will also include an exploration of archaeological interpretation – the city’s past on display for its future. 

Click here to read the Meta ‘Matta blog post

Instagram: @metamatta