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By John Schofield

Aftermath: Readings in modern clash Archaeology
John Schofield, English historical past, Swindon, UK

Conflict and Battlefield Archaeology is a becoming and critical box in archaeology, with implications at the nation of the area at the present time: how humanity has ready for, reacted to, and handled the results of clash at a countrywide and overseas point. because the box grows, there's an expanding desire for learn and improvement during this area.

Written through probably the most well-liked students during this box of starting to be curiosity, Aftermath, bargains a transparent and demanding evaluation to investigate within the box. it is going to develop into a vital resource of data for students already excited about clash archaeology in addition to these simply commencing to discover the sector. It bargains entry to formerly hard-to-find yet vital learn.

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95–96). There are common factors here. Both experiences involve damage to property not people. Emerging from the experience at the Winston Churchill Museum, what may at first be thought to be bodies are, on closer inspection, mannequins from a bombed shop, though the initial impression may be deliberate. Also, both experiences are of large communal shelters, even though these accommodated only a small percentage of London’s population. ): the experiences represent a sanitized version of a minority experience presented as a majority experience, and the display at the Winston Churchill Museum bears little resemblance to the Tube shelter recalled by a former shelterer in Calder’s The People’s War (1969: 183) who described a place where, ‘the stench was frightful, urine and excrement mixed with strong carbolic, sweat and dirty, unwashed humanity’.

5). These remains now have economic benefits – some sites are marketed by the Tourist Board under the umbrella ‘Fortress Guernsey’ – and their physical presence (and indeed that of re-enactment groups in Nazi uniforms) seems not to bother the islanders of today, irrespective of their generation. One observation tower and a Fig. 5 Naval observation tower at Pleinmont: one of 14 German fortifications (or groups of fortifications) on Guernsey (Channel Islands) protected under Ancient Monuments and Protected Buildings legislation.

However, unlike the other hardware on display, the Enola Gay was not there as a triumphant manifestation of higher, faster or further, but rather because it initiated the age of nuclear weapons, killed some 100,000 people and hastened the end of the Second World War. So, not surprisingly, controversy surrounded the question of what the museum’s visitors were to be told about this aircraft and its place in history. On one side of the debate were veterans who felt the plane should be displayed ‘proudly’; they demanded an approving if not celebratory observation of the plane’s wartime feat.

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