Monumentality as Method: Archaeology and Land Art in the Cold War, Representations Vol. 130 (2015).
This article centers on the work of a father and son—archaeologist Robert Heizer and land artist Michael Heizer. While one is well known as a methodological and technological innovator in Cold War archaeological practice, the other is a prominent figure in an art movement highly critical of modern forms of knowledge and experience. Looking past this apparent disjuncture, this article examines the unexpected continuities in both men’s methods of context creation, as evidenced in the study of the Olmec site of La Venta and the creation of massive earthworks inspired by ancient societies.