Portfolios > Excavating History Projects 2008 and 2009

beeswax, parafin, antique silver tray

Originally a palimpsest was a parchment that was scraped down and re-used, leaving remnants of the earlier text visible.

But it has a wider meaning - an object or place that reflects its own history...a parchment, an object, a house, that is continually written over, and inscribed with new meaning, yet retains visible and meaningful traces of the past.

Historic sites are Palimpsests, which we continually rewrite.