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Cornelius Holtorf

Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I read prehistoric archaeology, social anthropology and physical anthropology in Germany, England and Wales. In 1998 I gained my PhD and was subsequently employed in research and teaching at the University of Gothenburg (1998-1999), the University of Cambridge (1999-2002), the Swedish National Heritage Board in Stockholm (2002-2004) and the University of Lund (2005-2008).

Since 2008 I have been working at Kalmar where I am currently a Professor of Archaeology at Linnaeus University and Director of the Graduate School in Contract Archaeology (GRASCA). I am also spokesperson of the Centre for Applied Heritage.

Since 2017 I hold a UNESCO Chair in Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University.

In October 2017 Holtorf initiated an entry into the arch out loud competition for a Nuclear Landmarker, co-authored by his colleague Anders Högberg and drawn by the archaeologist and graphic-designer Daniel Lindskog who is also a former student at Linnaeus University. The entry draws on research in the Heritage Futures project which seeks to understand and innovate heritage practices for the future. Our nuclear marker is called Chocolate WIPP and based on the idea that nuclear waste is cultural heritage of the future. The design takes the common claim literally that the heritage is preserved for the benefit of our children and grandchildren. At the same time, we are somewhat skeptical that, in 10,000 years, any message we leave can be understood in the way intended. The Chocolate WIPP site will, however, not be forgotten as long as children love chocolate!


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