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Des pieces de monnaie au cadenas: Un spectre des depots contemporains

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Translated title of the contributionFrom Coins to Locks: A spectrum of contemporary deposits
Original languageFrench
JournalTechniques & Culture
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


Ritual deposition is as much a feature of the present as it was of the past. In fact, it could be argued that it is a more widespread feature, with folk assemblies emerging prolifically worldwide. From roadside memorials and mountaintop cairns, to wishing fountains and shoe trees, our landscapes are bestrewn with collective deposits. Such deposits are often low in economic value and are often given greater value by the design and delivery of goods. The coin, a prolific deposit, is a case in point. However, this paper argues that not all contemporary deposits are spontaneously made. Some are clearly planned; or a product of an assembly with the express purpose of being deposited. This is more in the ritual, and indicates that not all modern-day folk assemblies are casual and ad hoc. This paper discusses two forms of contemporary assembly: the British coin-tree and the global love-lock bridge.

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