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By Anna McWilliams

The Iron Curtain was once noticeable because the divider among East and West in chilly battle Europe. The time period refers to a cloth fact however it is usually a metaphor; a metaphor that has turn into so robust that it has a tendency to mark our ancient figuring out of the interval. throughout the archaeological research of 3 components that may be thought of a part of the previous Iron Curtain, the Czech-Austrian border, the Italian-Slovenian border and the Berlin Wall, this study investigates the connection among the cloth and the metaphor of the Iron Curtain.

“This paintings falls inside of what's frequently often called modern archaeology, a pretty younger sub-discipline of archaeology. Few huge study initiatives have to date been released, and strategies were defined as nonetheless slightly experimental. during the fieldwork it's been attainable to recognize and spotlight the issues and possibilities inside modern archaeology. It has turn into transparent how the fabrics stretch either via time and position demonstrating the advanced means of how the fabric that archaeologists examine may be created.”

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The images that we receive can therefore alter our own memories as well as our perception of a situation or place. The way people view the wall today is in a similar way dependent on a vast amount of images of it that has been projected over the years. As our own memories fade they are recreated through the images we receive from outside ourselves. Many peoples’ view of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall is solely built on second hand information never having seen the actual wall during its existence.

A major archaeological study of what remained of the Berlin Wall was carried out between 2001–2003 by the Department of Architectural Conservation at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany on behalf of the Berlin State Authorities. The aim of the study was to record any remaining features of the former border structure. The results were presented in Alex Klausmeier and Leo Schmidt’s book “Wall Remnants – Wall Traces”. Presented in the format of a guidebook this archaeological survey covers the full length of the inner city wall through Berlin (Klausmeier and Schmidt 2004:13).

For many people in the West this is the typical picture of the Iron Curtain. The Iron Curtain has become synonymous with the Berlin Wall. When discussing the location of the former Iron Curtain, people often refer to the inner German border, continuing along the borders of former Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Italy: a long barrier between Eastern and Western Europe, a divider of ideologies that kept the communist in and the capitalist out, or was it the other way around? These ideas of what the Iron Curtain was are a fusion of the physical and the abstract, a metaphor with a physical face.

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