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The Future of Nuclear Waste: What Art and Archaeology Can Tell Us about Securing the World's Most Hazardous Material

Rosemary Joyce

Abstract

How can sites of waste disposal be marked to prevent contamination in the future? The United States government addressed this challenge in planning for nuclear waste repositories. Consulting with experts in imagining future scenarios, in language and communication, and in anthropology, the Department of Energy sought to develop plans that would satisfy demands from the Environmental Protection Agency for a marker system that would be effective long into the future. Expert consultants proposed two very different designs: one based on archaeological sites recognized as cultural heritage monument ... More

Keywords: nuclear waste, Land Art, archetype, cultural heritage, futures, materiality, durability, monuments, expertise, common sense

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190888138
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190888138.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Joyce, author
Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley