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Sophia Wilson Perceptions of heritage Assessment 1 10th November 2003 A countries history and heritage is the most important thing to it, it tells them who they are and where they come from, by knowing this they have a feeling of knowing where they are going and gives them a strong sense of identity (I.Donnachie, C.Whatley 1992). By painting a picture depicting a path through time in a time chart, tells the viewer in the simplest of terms a story in one simple form, this chart informs the viewer of there historical past and the heritage they have inherited from it "the past no longer exists, it has gone for good. It has left relics and traces - most obviously, the buildings, the cities, the streets which are open to every gaze; less obviously, the billions upon billions of sources of all types which have to be sought out in libraries, and archives and in archaeological digs". (A.Marwick 1993) form these sources we can interpretate what has happened and draw a picture, but no matter how good a picture is it will always be uncompleted and open to interpretation. ...read more.


By acknowledging this and drawing conclusions from Scotland and Ireland we can then see that Denmark was less advanced at this stage than many parts of Europe and north west Africa. This time line shows the stages of development through time with both sides starting with the ice age although Europe developed faster we see at the bottom of the picture they has caught up, with the parts in between depicting certain key points important in the history of man such as the firm establishment of Christianity in Rome, in the first century, whereas Christianity is not established in Denmark until the end of the dark ages. We can also see from the road down the middle ("The road itself is manned with a lot of individuals. Every one is taken from pictures, wall paintings, sculptures etc. from Danish prehistory" (C. Adamsen 2003)), that Christianity in Denmark is still a relatively new religion from the figure of Thor depicted at about the same time period, however beyond this time date 1000 we see a bishop and a monk as well as a king, this time period is probably indicated as the early 1200s, and the king in the centre ...read more.


However this is only an assumption based on my understanding of the time line. To fully understand this time line it would be necessary for me to learn about Danish culture and history. From what I can deduce, Denmark has progressed relatively similar to the highlands of Scotland, they say a picture paints a thousand words but without the basic understanding of the history of Denmark that thousand words may be the wrong ones. But what is clear is by following the road from the top it comes out of the crack in ice heading straight towards us, and the bottom of the chart cuts off giving us a strong feeling that its ongoing and we are part of it. This is a progression of time through history. The idea of progress is strong because as it goes through time things get better. We wouldn't have such a thing as heritage if we didn't have progression, because things that are left behind in history become our heritage. Looking backwards is only looking at the past, but the past tells us who we are. ...read more.

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