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This article considers how the reburial and commemoration of the human remains of the Republican defeated during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) is affected by the social, scientific and political context in which the exhumations occur. Focusing on a particular case in the southwestern region of Extremadura, it considers how civil society groups administer reburial acts when a positive identification through DNA typing cannot be attained. In so doing, the article examines how disparate desires and memories come together in collective reburial of partially individuated human remains.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Narrative of a ritual landscape

published his A Visit to Ancient Egypt, which he described, with typical modesty, as ‘popular rather than scholarly’ (Smith 1974: unpaginated). Though it was aimed at general readers it was based on much research, and its final chapter, arguably the most ‘popular’, offered what might be described as one of the first examples of modern ‘archaeological narrative’ (see Pluciennik 1999; Joyce 2002) in Egyptology. Although the term ‘narrative archaeology’ is used in a variety of ways, all share the desire to put together facts about a place or period into a series of

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reason. What might be called Darwinian time – developmental, materially adaptive 7 110 North America and without any guaranteed destination – interjected a new, and troubling, ontological ‘ground’, or lack of ground. This unmanageable seriality may account for the anxiety, as well as the desire, associated with the collecting and preserving in museums around 1900. And it may have something to do with the remarkable productivity and dissemination of the museum form in the present moment of historical uncertainty. Since the eighteenth century, Western curating has

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); come to establish his [the deceased’s] name and the names of his children for ever and eternity6 This statue does not carry any purely figural decoration (Abdalla 1994: 6, pl. IV), so the invocations of the divine names in the statue’s inscriptions are apparently sufficient to secure the desired effect. Extensive listings of gods’ names (e.g. Sternberg el-Hotabi 1994) and their characteristic images (Spencer 2006: 26) fulfilled apotropaic functions, especially on cosmically vulnerable areas such as temple walls and naos shrines. Contemporary healing statues, with

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Archaeology, networks, and the Smithsonian Institution, 1876–79

’ (Barber to ‘Sir,’ April 13, 1878).16 Dozens requested copies of the Institution’s reports. Smithsonian employment or funding was widely desired, since otherwise few had the resources to pursue such interests. ‘We are all more or less poor, and can depend only on individual interest in the work,’ noted one correspondent (James Pomeroy to Secretary, July 30, 1878).17 ROBERTS 9781526134554 PRINT.indd 43 03/12/2019 08:56 44 Communities and knowledge production in archaeology The task of synthesizing this amalgam of information fell to Mason and Rau, who had become a

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On the ancient means of approach to the Saqqara Necropolis

the southern extremity of its façade (Lauer and Leclant 1972: 10–12), clearly to allow the upper end of the causeway to bypass the southern face of L.XXIX.5 The pyramid of Teti is also orientated eleven degrees away from the cardinal points (in contrast to the properly orientated L.XXIX), clearly because of the need to fit it into the otherwise unsuitable location required to allow the upper causeway to follow the desired line. To judge from the angle at which it left Teti’s mortuary temple, this first section of causeway ran parallel with the side of L.XXIX, and

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The changing role of migration museums in Australia

three issues: first, the idea of terra nullius which created a myth that despite the presence of Indigenous people the land itself was regarded as empty; second, the legacy of assimilationist thinking in which postwar migrants were expected to conform to Australian (i.e. settler) values and give up their own; and third, any attempt to narrate the story of Australia as a nation of migrants has to deal with the fact that only one group brought the existing system of governance with them – the English. From this perspective, the desire to narrate the nation, or in this

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’ demonstrates a progressive and enlightened approach to the changing role of the museum to take into account the pervasive influence of the Internet on all our lives today. An exciting new technology being tested by museums is the use of Virtual Reality (VR) for learning about a museum’s collections. The precursors to this new platform are the vast panoramic paintings of the 1800s, followed by stereoscopic photographs that produced three-dimensional effects on flat images by giving the illusion of depth. This desire to experience an alternative reality has its newest

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cultural riches from one side of the Earth to the other. His faith in the supremacy of scientific research surpasses any other consideration or claim, and justifies his entitlement, at gunpoint or by any other means, to claim as his whatever he desires. Erland Nordenskiöld was the founding figure of the collections which, in the twentieth century, formed the core of the new Ethnographic Museum in Gothenburg, and which, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as the challenges of globalisation and accelerated migration created a new political interest around the

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Taking care of difference in museums

carefully laid out for Toi Hauiti to view there is a sense that the curators and other museum staff are somewhat relieved but also mildly disappointed that this is not the day on which their collection will inspire the kinds of deeply moving responses that their own efforts to take care of difference have anticipated and possibly even desired. In New York, the various ways in which relationships with Paikea might be actualised and revitalised – which had been discussed beforehand via email and in Skype conversations between museum staff, Hauiti members and the

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