Aftermath: Readings in the Archaeology of Recent Conflict by John Schofield

By John Schofield

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

Conflict and Battlefield Archaeology is a turning out to be and significant box in archaeology, with implications at the country of the realm at the present time: how humanity has ready for, reacted to, and handled the implications 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 via probably the most well-liked students during this box of transforming into curiosity, Aftermath, bargains a transparent and demanding review to analyze within the box. it is going to develop into a vital resource of data for students already thinking about clash archaeology in addition to these simply beginning to discover the sector. It deals entry to formerly hard-to-find yet vital study.

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Another stop on their ‘journey’ was Prague, where they visited the Orthodox Cathedral Church of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, where Heydrich’s assassins were trapped and killed in June 1942. … There is an exhibition provided by the Imperial War Museum in London, as well as a film. The story is tragic; [after their betrayal] the trapped men [Czechs, trained in Britain] barricaded themselves in the crypt and tried to dig their way through the brickwork into the sewers. The hole they dug penetrated six feet into the brickwork but they could get no further.

What the Museum does not overtly do, however, is to show the horror of the removals. As many visitors have remarked, the power of the Museum lies in the fact that it has a celebratory air about it. There are no ‘in your face bulldozers’; rather people are remembering themselves as a community, in a Museum which is essentially a homely place. In 2000–01, the District Six Museum received comparatively few visitors; for example, only around 50 overseas tourists a day visited, mostly arranged through tour operators.

Its aim is preservationist. On the other hand, listed building controls are more flexible and based on the assumption that some measure of alteration and adaptation may be necessary in order that the building can maintain a viable use and will retain its value as a capital asset. Examples illustrate the extremes. The gas warfare testing trenches on Porton Down (Wiltshire) are a Scheduled Monument. With an overall diameter of nearly 400 m, these concentric trenches were dug in 1916 during experiments with gas and other forms of chemical warfare.

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