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By Rodney Harrison

After Modernity summarizes archaeological ways to the modern prior, and indicates a brand new schedule for the archaeology of past due smooth societies. The critical concentration is the archaeology of built, de-industrialized societies throughout the moment half the 20th century and the start of the twenty-first. this era encompasses the top of the chilly struggle and the start of the 'internet age', a interval which sits firmly inside of what we'd realize to be a interval of 'lived and dwelling memory'. Rodney Harrison and John Schofield discover how archaeology can tell the research of this period of time and the research of our personal society via designated case reports and an in-depth precis of the present literature. After Modernity attracts jointly cross-disciplinary views on modern fabric tradition reports, and develops a brand new time table for the examine of the materiality of overdue glossy societies.

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After a series of expert meetings held in 1995 in Helsinki, 1996 in Mexico, and national ICOMOS conferences in Helsinki and Adelaide in 2001, ICOMOS (2001) announced the Montreal Action Plan on ‘recent’ heritage (defined as heritage relating to the last 100–150 years). The Plan acknowledged the 36 A Disciplinary (Pre)History findings of the Heritage at Risk 2000 Report, which expressed ‘concern over the fate of various heritage types associated with 19th and 20th century, such as residential or urban architecture, industrial complexes, landscape creations or new building types such as stadiums, airports, waterworks or large city parks’.

Of particular relevance were the papers in the section of the book brought together under the thematic heading ‘Early and Late Americana’. Gould’s introduction to the section noted the potential for such studies to contribute to developing ‘a series of provisional inferences about the real nature of American materialism . . involv[ing] both the debunking of commonly accepted ideas about American behaviour as well as discoveries, sometimes of an unexpected nature, of how Americans really behave’ (Gould and Schiffer 1981: 57).

4 and 5). It is an area that has seen major growth since the 1990s and particularly in the wake of the World Trade Centre disaster in 2001. g. Doretti and Fondebrider 2001; Cox 2001; Hunter and Cox 2005; Ferllini 2007; Cox et al. 2008; Steele 2008; Sterenberg 2008), and the establishment of the Forensic Archaeology Recovery Group (FAR) (Gould 2007) and its role in the World Trade Centre disaster, the Station nightclub fire, and Hurricane Katrina (Dawdy 2006a, b; Bagwell 2009). g. Funari and Zarankin 2006; Zarankin and Funari 2008), which is connected closely with work in the field of forensic archaeology through its focus on the recovery of that which has been concealed and made forgotten, alongside the contemporary politics of memory.

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