Archaeologies of Military Occupation
Within the discipline of Conflict Archaeology, the study of the materiality, battlefields, landscapes, and war memorials of WWI and WWII have emerged as a rich source of archaeological information. This session proposes to explore another aspect of conflict archaeology: the archaeology of military occupation. Papers which deal with aspects of military occupation of the historical past, specifically WWI and WWII, are sought for this session, although case studies of military occupation further back - or forwards - in time will also be welcome.
Particular themes to be addressed might include:
~ Heritage issues, such as the commemoration and memorialisation of occupation today, and how it is presented to the public in museums.
~ How military occupation affected the landscape, and how that landscape is understood or used today.
~ Looting and destruction of cultural heritage during military occupations.
~ The materiality of occupation and how the material culture of the period typifies the shortage of food, fuel and raw
materials and the experience of occupation more generally
~ The materiality of resistance, whether passive, active or silent.
To offer a paper, please get in touch with:
Dr Gilly Carr
University of Cambridge.
Conference: Archaeology of Military Occupation
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