Archaeological Encounters: Ethics and aesthetics under the mark of the Anthropocene

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Archaeological Encounters: Ethics and aesthetics under the mark of the Anthropocene. / Pétursdóttir, Þóra; Sørensen, Tim Flohr.

In: Archaeological Dialogues, Vol. 30/1, 22.06.2023, p. 50-67.

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Pétursdóttir, Þ & Sørensen, TF 2023, 'Archaeological Encounters: Ethics and aesthetics under the mark of the Anthropocene', Archaeological Dialogues, vol. 30/1, pp. 50-67. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1380203823000028

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Pétursdóttir, Þ., & Sørensen, T. F. (2023). Archaeological Encounters: Ethics and aesthetics under the mark of the Anthropocene. Archaeological Dialogues, 30/1, 50-67. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1380203823000028

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Pétursdóttir Þ, Sørensen TF. Archaeological Encounters: Ethics and aesthetics under the mark of the Anthropocene. Archaeological Dialogues. 2023 Jun 22;30/1:50-67. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1380203823000028

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Pétursdóttir, Þóra ; Sørensen, Tim Flohr. / Archaeological Encounters: Ethics and aesthetics under the mark of the Anthropocene. In: Archaeological Dialogues. 2023 ; Vol. 30/1. pp. 50-67.

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