At the Center of the World, Again
The final chapter concludes by deliberately returning to present day, presentist concerns—ones explicitly engaged through the archaeology of the contemporary. Here, Jackson Park’s current reappearance on the world stage as the future home of the Obama Presidential Center is reckoned with, along with the Charnley House and related contemporary archaeological and architectural preservation efforts. By looking at these “strangely familiar” experiences of time, domesticity, consumption, and disposal of the recent past through the frame of contemporary archaeology, the chapter argues that these historical trends that impact the present are, in fact, of the present itself.
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