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The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

Edited by Paul Graves-Brown, Rodney Harrison and Angela Piccini

Published in print October 2013 | ISBN: 9780199602001
Published online December 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191755859 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199602001.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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This book surveys an archaeology “in and of the present.” It investigates the challenges and pitfalls of an archaeology of the contemporary world as well as the methodologies for doing it. It consists of a collection of chapters in which authors from within and outside of archaeology reflect on cross-disciplinary concerns. Contributors discuss topics ranging from scale and time to ruins, memory, authenticity, sectarianism, heritage, modernism, and disaster. To extend and complicate the interdisciplinary overviews and archaeological thematics, the book presents in-depth case studies on mobilities, space and place; media and mutabilities; and things and connectivities. Three contributors?representing disciplinary interests in archaeology, geography and photography?produce photo essays in which they reflect on some of the central themes in an archaeology of the contemporary world. The book pursues questions of materiality that appear to owe much to Walter Benjamin's unfinished Arcades Project (2002), a distinctively spatial exploration of the ruins and debris of the arcades of Paris. It also looks at spectacular events as sites of material intensity, including protests and riots, sporting mega-events, and festivals.

Keywords: archaeology; contemporary world; ruins; memory; media; protests; sporting mega-events; materiality; space; modernism

Book.  864 pages. 

Subjects: Archaeology

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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The Relationship between Ethnoarchaeology and Archaeologies of the Contemporary Past in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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Forensic Archaeology in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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Anthropological Approaches to Contemporary Material Worlds in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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The Place of Things in Contemporary History in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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Canonical Affordances in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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To the Things Themselves Again in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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STS, Symmetry, Archaeology in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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Actor-Network-Theory Approaches to the Archaeology of Contemporary Architecture in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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Global Media and Archaeologies of Network Technologies in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

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