Drawing on ethnography from western Thessaly, this article
reassesses notions of time and temporality in the Greek economic crisis.
People experience the past as a folded assemblage of linearly distant
and sometimes contradictory moments that help them make sense of a
period of social change. Anthropologists should embrace the paradoxes
of (poly)temporality and address the topological/topographical experience
of time and history. During an era of severe uncertainty, in Greece
temporality is discussed through material objects such as photovoltaic
panels and fossils as people articulate their situation vis-à-vis the past,
present, and future. Multiple moments of the past are woven together to
explain the current crisis experience, provoking fear that times of hardship
are returning or instilling hope that the turmoil can be overcome.