Archaeologies of the Contemporary Past

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Overview

The contributors to this volume represent the most recent research in this exciting new field. This new archaeology gives a crucial understanding of the experience of modernity and the communities it continues to affect.
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Buchli (anthropology, U. College London) and Lucas, currently directing excavation and post-excavation programs for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and several colleagues describe how they explore the present with methods developed to investigate the distant past. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415232784
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/7/2001
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures
Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The absent present: archaeologies of the contemporary past 3
Pt. I Production and consumption 19
2 Models of production and consumption 21
3 Beyond consumption: toward an archaeology of consumerism 26
4 Archaeology as the design history of the everyday 51
5 Integrated archaeology: a garbage paradigm 63
Pt. II Remembering and forgetting 77
6 Between remembering and forgetting 79
7 The politics of remembrance in the new South Africa 84
8 Archaeology of the Colorado Coal Field War 1913-1914 94
9 Black sharecroppers and white frat boys: living communities and the appropriation of their archaeological pasts 108
Pt. III Disappearance and disclosure 119
10 Bodies of evidence 121
11 Archaeology of World War 2: the Lancaster bomber of Fleville (Meurthe-et-Moselle, France) 126
12 Science and human rights: truth, justice, reparation and reconciliation, a long way in Third World countries 138
13 Forensic archaeology in the UK: questions of socio-intellectual context and socio-political responsibility 145
14 The archaeology of alienation: a late twentieth-century British council house 158
Conclusions 169
15 Presencing absence 171
16 The archaeology of the contemporary past 175
17 Epilogue 189
Index 192
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