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Bristol Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference and Book Launch

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Emily Glass <[log in to unmask]>

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**Apologies for Cross Posting **

Dear All,

In advance of our 4th Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference at the University of Bristol on the 20th October (last few places going to those who would like to attend!). We would like to present a recently published book which brings together some of the research into the archaeology and anthropology of modern conflict that has been going on at Bristol over the past few years:

'Beyond the Dead Horizon: Studies in Modern Conflict Archaeology' (Oxbow Books 2012), edited by Nicholas J. Saunders.

Dr Nicholas J. Saunders will be launching the book at the Conference, and to mark this special occasion we will be offering a limited number of copies on the day at a discounted price of £25 (reduced from the publishers price of £38 with no P&P required!). 

Book information:

The new interdisciplinary study of modern conflict archaeology has developed rapidly over the last decade. Its anthropological approach to modern conflicts, their material culture and their legacies has freed such investigations from the straitjacket of traditional 'battlefield archaeology'. It offers powerful new methodologies and theoretical insights into the nature and experience of industrialised war, whether between nation states or as civil conflict, by individuals as well as groups and by women and children, as well as men of fighting age. The complexities of studying wars within living memory demand a new response - a sensitised, cross-disciplinary approach which draws on many other kinds of academic study but which does not privilege any particular discipline. It is the most democratic kind of archaeology - one which takes a bottom-up approach - in order to understand the web of emotional, military, political, economic and cultural experiences and legacies of conflict. These 18 papers offer a coherent demonstration of what modern conflict archaeology is and what it is capable of and offers an intellectual home for those not interested in traditional 'war studies' or military history, but who respond to the idea of a multidisciplinary approach to all modern conflict. 240p, 90 col & b/w illus (Oxbow Books, 2012)

Table of Contents:

Foreword (Nicholas J. Saunders)
Introduction: Engaging the materialities of 20th and 21st century conflict (Nicholas J. Saunders)

Part 1: Objects in Conflict
1. ‘Dead Man’s Penny’: A Biography of the First World War Bronze Memorial Plaque (Julie Dunne)
2. The Poppy and the Harp: Contested meanings at ‘The Oratory’, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (Niamh Keating)
3. The Bare Bones: Body Parts, Bones, and Conflict Behaviour (Susannah Callow)
4. The Diary of an American Doughboy: Interpreting a textual artifact of the First World War (Margaret N. Bagwell)
5. Picturing War: An intimate memorial to a lost soldier of the First World War (Matthew Leonard)
6. The Battlefield in Miniature, or the multi-locational town of Messines (Martin Brown)
7. Remembering the ‘Doughboys’: American Memorials of the Great War (Charles D. Eavenson II)
8. ‘Lone and captive far from home’: Gendered objects in Boer POW camps, Bermuda, 1901-2 (Deborah A. Atwood)
9. Mr Hopgood’s shed. An archaeology of Bishop’s Cannings wireless station (Cassie Newland)
10. ‘Hitler Loves Musso’, and other civilian wartime sentiments: The archaeology of Second World War air-raid shelters and their graffiti (Emily Glass)

Part 2: Landscapes of Conflict
11: The Many Faces of the Chaco War: Indigenous Modernity and Conflict Archaeology (Esther Breithoff)
12. Trees as a living museum: Arborglyphs and conflict on Salisbury Plain (Chantel Summerfield)
13. Hadrian and the Hejaz Railway: Linear Features in Conflict Landscapes (John B. Winterburn)
14. Churchill’s ‘Silent Sentinels’: An Archaeological Spatial Evaluation of Britain’s Second World War Coastal Defences at Weymouth, Dorset, ca. 1940 (Philip R. Rowe)
15. Landmark, Symbol, and Monument: Public Perceptions of a Cold War Early Warning Site in Germany (Gunnar Maus)
16. America's Nuclear Wasteland: Conflict landscape, simulation, and 'non-place' at the Nevada Test Site (Liam Powell)
17. Signs, signals and senses: the soldier body in the trenches (Melanie Winterton)
18. Beneath the Waves: The Conflict Seascape of the Baltic (Gabriella Soto)
Afterword. (Paul Cornish (Imperial War Museum))

Also see: http://mcaconf.com/beyond-the-dead-horizon/ for further information and cover image.

Kind Regards,

Emily, Suzie, Esther and Matt

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