Changes in the land
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Monuments are often fundamental to the persistence and direction of social memory, yet many possess a quality that at first glance seems contradictory. Recruited by the living, they can change in form and in significance. They can bolster ideas or positions far removed from those which held sway at their first construction. They can even become a focus for competing visions of the order of things. At the same time, they retain a sense of the timeless and the eternal. The assertion of new values often goes hand in hand with an evocation of continuity, of an unbroken line between present and past. That capacity can be lost and it is always open to question, but it can be regained when traditions are invented to create a line where none existed before.