By John Schofield
Aftermath: Readings in modern clash Archaeology
John Schofield, English background, Swindon, UK
Conflict and Battlefield Archaeology is a transforming into and critical box in archaeology, with implications at the kingdom of the realm this day: how humanity has ready for, reacted to, and handled the implications of clash at a countrywide and overseas point. because the box grows, there's an expanding desire for study and improvement during this area.
Written by way of the most well-liked students during this box of turning out to be curiosity, Aftermath, deals a transparent and critical evaluate to investigate within the box. it's going to develop into an important resource of knowledge for students already occupied with clash archaeology in addition to these simply commencing to discover the sphere. It deals entry to formerly hard-to-find yet vital study.
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These were after all momentous events which shaped nations; they made the modern world. Various arguments support the preservation of recent military remains. There is a view that selected remains of the two World Wars and the Cold War must be preserved, in order that we ‘retain our sense of history’, as well as giving character to our towns and countryside – the sense of place and community which held such significance during the war years. Furthermore, these remains play a significant role in British history – in some parts of Britain, the changing character of defence systems, from the medieval period to the middle of the twentieth century, can be viewed and readily appreciated within their physical and strategic context (but cf.
By comparison it appears that clearance of the Gulf’s desert landscape was much more systematic than was the case with Guernsey in the years immediately following World War II, and much more permanent than the clearance of German sites in Denmark: indeed there seems a real possibility that all physical trace of the First and Second Gulf Wars will be gone within a short time. Is there not a case for preserving a selection of these structures as monuments to the latest conflict in the history of this troubled region, or is the materiality of media and new technology a sufficient record to remind future generations of this particular episode?
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