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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Karlström, Anna
Title: Spiritual materiality: Heritage preservation in a Buddhist world?
Date: 2005
Source: Journal of Social Archaeology
Abstract: This article explores the role of Buddhism in current heritage preservation discussions and practice. Buddhism deals to a great extent with materiality, but the notion of the impermanence of matter implies that the decay of a material world is inevitable and necessary for the continuation of life and rebirth. This forms the platform for a critique of contemporary conservation strategies that privilege originality and the idea that our common heritage and archaeological resources should be preserved for the future and preferably forever. The result is a demand for a broader outlook among the scholars involved in heritage studies and research concerning archaeological resource management.
Date Created: 12/15/2006
Volume: 5
Number: 3
Page Start: 338
Page End: 355