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

By John Schofield

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

Conflict and Battlefield Archaeology is a growing to be and demanding box in archaeology, with implications at the nation of the realm this day: how humanity has ready for, reacted to, and handled the results of clash at a countrywide and foreign point. because the box grows, there's an expanding want for study and improvement during this area.

Written via the most trendy students during this box of becoming curiosity, Aftermath, deals a transparent and significant evaluate to analyze within the box. it's going to develop into an important resource of data for students already fascinated 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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1), English Heritage has since 1995 been undertaking a national review of England’s recent monuments of war, developing the understanding necessary to secure their future management (English Heritage 1998). As a result of this work, some sites – examples of the typical and commonplace as well as the rare – will be afforded statutory protection through scheduling, some will be listed, while others will be managed locally through the development control process (but see Chap. 1 also for mention of recent changes to the heritage protection system in England).

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. The Germans pumped water into the crypt. When this failed they pumped in smoke. Finally they burst in. The men refused to surrender and were killed in the crypt.

Various arguments support the preservation of recent military remains. There is a view that selected remains of the two World Wars and the Cold War must be preserved, in order that we ‘retain our sense of history’, as well as giving character to our towns and countryside – the sense of place and community which held such significance during the war years. Furthermore, these remains play a significant role in British history – in some parts of Britain, the changing character of defence systems, from the medieval period to the middle of the twentieth century, can be viewed and readily appreciated within their physical and strategic context (but cf.

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