Treasured memories

Tales of buried belongings in wartime Estonia

Mats Burström

In the autumn of 1944, around 70,000 people fled Estonia in the face of the Red Army advance. Most of them believed the Soviet occupation would be shortlived and they would soon be able to return home, so many of them hid the most valuable of their belongings they were unable to carry, burying them in ‘safe’ places. Until Stalin’s death in 1953, Estonians continued to bury objects to hide them, now for fear of deportationto Siberia.

In Treasured memories, the archaeologist Mats Burström tells the stories of some of these hoards: the ones that remain buried, the ones that vanished, and the ones that were recovered and have found a place in new contexts. Their sheer variety brings together all levels of history, from personal memories to high politics, and reflects how events on the world stage can shape the fate of individual families, even across several generations.

Yet most of all, as a groundbreaking work of contemporary archaeology, it is concerned with what objects mean to us, and our gift for remembering.

Om författaren

Mats Burström

Mats Burström

Mats Burström är professor i arkeologi vid Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur, Stockholms universitet. Han har genom en rad studier av 1900-talslämningar och författande av en lärobok i samtidsarkeologi starkt bidragit till att etablera detta forskningsfält i Skandinavien. I tidigare projekt har han bland annat studerat en skrotfirma i Småland, en festivalarena från Tredje  Läs mer »

Treasured memories
TitelTreasured memories: Tales of buried belongings in wartime Estonia
FörfattareMats Burström
Art. nr.4156
Pris219 kr