Dark artifacts

Hyperobjects and the archaeology of the anthropocene


  • Mark James Hudson University of West Kyushu




anthropocene, artifacts, hyperobjects

Author Biography

  • Mark James Hudson, University of West Kyushu

    Mark Hudson is Professor and Director of the Research Institute for Sustainable Environments and Cultures, University of West Kyushu.


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Archaeology of the Anthropocene

How to Cite

Hudson, M. J. (2014). Dark artifacts: Hyperobjects and the archaeology of the anthropocene. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 1(1), 82-86. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.v1i1.82