Killing Time: Archaeology and the First World War

Killing Time: Archaeology and the First World War

by Nicholas Saunders
     
 

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At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the Great War stands at the furthest edge of living memory. There are a handful of men alive who fought in the trenches of the Somme and Flanders. Within their own lifetimes, their memories have become epic history. Hardly a month passes without some dramatic and sometimes tragic discovery being made along the killing fields of

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At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the Great War stands at the furthest edge of living memory. There are a handful of men alive who fought in the trenches of the Somme and Flanders. Within their own lifetimes, their memories have become epic history. Hardly a month passes without some dramatic and sometimes tragic discovery being made along the killing fields of the Western Front. Poignant remains of British soldiers buried during battle and then forgotten - lying in rows arm in arm, or found crouching at the entrance to a dugout. Whole 'underground cities' of trenches, dugouts, and shelters, preserved in the mud of Flanders - with newspapers and blankets scattered where they were left. There are field hospitals carved out of the chalk country of the Somme, tunnels marked with graffiti by long dead hands, and tons of volatile bombs and gas canisters waiting to explode. Yet, while there are innumerable books on the history of the war, there is not a single book on its archaeology. Nicholas J. Saunders' new book is therefore unique. In an authoritative and accessible way, it would bring together widely scattered discoveries, and offer fresh insights into the human dimension of the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752476186
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
734,360
File size:
762 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Nicholas J. Saunders is a leading authority on, and a moving force behind, the development of a modern and scientific archaeology of the First World War. He organized the first International Conference on the Anthropology and Archaeology of the First World War. His publications include books on trench art, and Ancient Americas: The Great Civilisations. He is Reader in Material Culture in the Department of Anthropology at University College, London.

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