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‘A Dirtier Reality?’ Archaeological Methods and the Urban Project

John Schofield.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6001 words.

Strait Street in Malta’s capital Valletta is an extraordinary street, and one that has fascinating stories to tell about its resident population and visitors over nearly 300 years. For...

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‘A Frame to Hang Clouds on’

William E. Boyd.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 10611 words.

In the archaeological context, a sense of the evolving landscape becomes especially important where there is considerable time depth or cultural sequencing inherent in a single site. The...

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Absence

Severin Fowles and Kaet Heupel.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6085 words.

Archaeological methodologies direct our attention towards the study of present, material things. This is frequently praised as its greatest contribution to social theory. But humans...

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Accounting for What We Treasure

Sheila Ellwood.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice

September 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 5379 words.

Recent attempts to include and assess public heritage in the accounts of governments and charities are controversial. There are many kinds of value, not merely financial, and various...

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Actor-Network-Theory Approaches to the Archaeology of Contemporary Architecture

Albena Yaneva.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6480 words.

The chapter contributes to unravelling how Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) as a method of inquiry might inform the archaeological understanding of the contemporary world. To illustrate this, the...

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Afterlives

Michael Brian Schiffer.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6383 words.

This chapter develops and illustrates the concept of afterlife artefact, an important domain of modern material culture. A human that died or an artefact that lost functions or its...

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Agricultural Heritage and Conservation Beyond the Anthropocene

Daniel Niles.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice

September 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 7087 words.

This chapter explores the contemporary significance of agricultural heritage, a concept in which the largely cultural and societal concerns for heritage preservation are shuffled into those...

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Agriculture, Environmental Conservation, and Archaeological Curation in Historic Landscapes

Stephen Trow and Jane Grenville.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 7152 words.

This article describes the complex and ever-changing institutional, legislative, and academic framework relating to the management of nature and culture in the English landscape. It...

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Aluminology

Mimi Sheller.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6216 words.

This chapter examines how the light yet strong metal aluminium shaped modern material cultures around practices and ideologies of speed and mobility. Aluminium-based light modernity became...

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America's Cherished Reserves

Hilary Allester Soderland.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 9232 words.

This article examines the importance of the first consolidating legislation on National Parks in the development of America's national heritage. It considers the ‘public’ in its focus on...

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Anthropological Approaches to Contemporary Material Worlds

Penny Harvey.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6096 words.

This chapter explores the place of materials in contemporary anthropological research. Moving away from semiotic approaches to material culture, the focus is on the diverse ways in which...

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The Anthropology of Archaeology

Cheryl Janifer LaRoche.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology; Historical Archaeology. 13296 words.

Archaeology occupies an important place in historicizing the African American experience – principally where little historical evidence survives. The nature of African American archaeology...

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Archaeological Communities and Languages

Kristian Kristiansen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6622 words.

The recent expansion of the heritage sector is linked to developments of infrastructure, leading to developer-funded rescue archaeology, and cultural tourism, which shifted the public...

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Archaeologies of Automobility

Peter Merriman.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6445 words.

Archaeologists are no strangers to the spaces and materialities of roads. The material cultures of prehistoric and Roman roads have provided an important focus for archaeological...

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Archaeologies of the Postindustrial Body

Sefryn Penrose.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6859 words.

The archaeological body is dead to us. Forensic studies of skeletal remains and studies where the body’s materials stand as a proxy for the body itself are the closest the discipline comes...

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Archaeologists and Metal-Detector Users in England and Wales

Suzie Thomas.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 9450 words.

This article explores the history of the changing relationships between archaeologists and metal-detector users in England and Wales, including the competing political strategies of both...

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Archaeology and Politics in the Third World, with Special Reference to India

Dilip K. Chakrabarti.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 7963 words.

This article identifies the role of colonial and postcolonial influences on Indian archaeology and the problems for Indian archaeology thereby engendered. It addresses key issues in the...

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Archaeology as a Profession

Timothy Darvill.

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

January 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 8684 words.

The development of archaeology as a discipline, both in terms of its theoretical and philosophical foundations, and its methodological and practical frameworks, is discussed many times and...

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The Archaeology of Contemporary Conflict

Zoe Crossland.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

October 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 11563 words.

The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed the forensic exhumation of human remains on an unprecedented scale. Drawn into what had previously been the terrain of forensic...

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Archaeology of Modern American Death

Shannon Lee Dawdy.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 6924 words.

In the United States today, death is undergoing a rapid renovation. From an exponential increase in cremations to a proliferation of funeral options, ‘tradition’ no longer dictates how the...

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