Introduction: matériel culture in the modern world

Beck, Colleen M., Johnson, William Gray and Schofield, John (2002) Introduction: matériel culture in the modern world. In, Beck, Colleen M, Johnson, William Gray and Schofield, John (eds.) Matériel Culture: The Archaeology of Twentieth-Century Conflict. London, UK; New York, USA, Routledge, 1-8. (One World Archaeology 44).


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Chiefly papers presented at the World Archaeological Congress, held Jan. 1999 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Matériel culture encompasses the material remains of conflict, from buildings and monuments to artefacts and militia, as well as human remains. This collection of essays, from an international range of contributors, illustrates the diversity in this material record, highlights the difficulties and challenges in preserving, presenting and interpreting it, and above all demonstrates the significant role matériel culture can play in contemporary society.

Among the many studies are:

* the 'culture of shells'

* the archaeology of nuclear testing grounds

* Cambodia's 'killing fields'

* the Berlin Wall

* and the biography of a medal

*the reappearance of Argentina's 'disappeared'

*World War II concentration camps

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0415233879 (hardback)
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 46088
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Date Deposited: 21 May 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:21

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