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date: 05 June 2020

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This chapter is both an exploration of the relationship between contemporary archaeology and heritage, and a contemporary archaeology of heritage. This first part of this chapter explores heritage as a manifestation of a late modern experience society in which the past is perceived to be both immanent (contained within) and imminent (impending) in the present. The second explores the role of archaeology in investigating heritage as a contemporary social phenomenon. Drawing on two brief examples, it considers the production of heritage ‘experiences’ as a key manifestation of the nature of heritage in late modern experience societies. Each heritage site is understood to represent an assemblage (or agencement) composed of a number of different ancient and modern devices, technologies, and apparatuses (dispositifs) which might be subject to archaeological investigation.

Keywords: heritage, contemporary archaeology, experience society, agencement, dispositif

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