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Ahola, M. (2023). Visualizing the Corded Ware past: Art, archaeology, and heritage-making at Myyrmäki, southern Finland. In: A. Lahelma, M. Lavento, K. Mannermaa, M. Ahola, E. Holmqvist, & K. Nordqvist (Eds.), Moving northward: Professor Volker Heyd's Festschrift as he turns 60 (pp. 146-158). Archaeological Society of Finland.

Visualizing the Corded Ware past : art, archaeology, and heritage-making at Myyrmäki, southern Finland

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Author: Marja, Ahola1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu and University of Helsinki, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Archaeological Society of Finland, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-09-22


In 2021, a large mural depicting a Corded Ware vessel was painted on the urban suburb of Myyrmäki in southern Finland. According to the artists working with the art piece, the mural serves as an informative sign for a nearby Stone Age settlement site while also aiming to create a sense of belonging for the ‘rootless people of Myyrmäki’. In this paper, I argue that the mural can be understood as a memoryscape, and in this sense, it acts as a materialization of the heritage-making process. At the same time, however, the mural combines prehistoric archaeology with contemporary topics such as antiracism and climate activism.

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Series: Monographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland
ISSN: 1799-862X
ISSN-E: 1799-8611
ISSN-L: 1799-862X
ISBN: 978-952-69942-4-6
ISBN Print: 978-952-69942-3-9
Volume: 11
Pages: 146 - 158
Host publication: Moving northward : professor Volker Heyd's Festschrift as he turns 60
Host publication editor: Lahelma, Antti
Lavento, Mika
Mannermaa, Kristiina
Ahola, Marja
Holmqvist, Elisabeth
Nordqvist, Kerkko
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: Writing of this article was supported by the Academy of Finland under grant number 347716.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 347716
Detailed Information: 347716 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2023 The Author.