The representation of prehistory 2: Stamps as mirrors of societal developments

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Abstract

Since the themes depicted on postage stamps are determined in national commissions, stamps can be studied as a reflection of the societal relevance
of these themes. This article focuses on European stamps with a prehistoric theme. It is concluded that stamps with this theme have served as instruments
to create historical icons in the new nationstates emerging from the break-up of the Sovjet Union and Yugoslavia. The analysis moreover suggests that especially during the 1960s and 1970s prehistory was an important societal factor
in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The final case study focuses on megalithic tombs. Whilst in many countries these are depicted as national icons, in the Netherlands they are part of a set of themes typifying the province of Drenthe, stressing their status as a regional icon.
Translated title of the contributionThe representation of prehistory 2: Stamps as mirrors of societal developments
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)141-148
Number of pages8
JournalPaleo-aktueel
Volume26
Publication statusPublished - 11-Dec-2015

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