By Rodney Harrison

After Modernity summarizes archaeological ways to the modern previous, and indicates a brand new schedule for the archaeology of past due sleek societies. The relevant concentration is the archaeology of constructed, de-industrialized societies throughout the moment half the 20 th century and the start of the twenty-first. this era encompasses the top of the chilly warfare and the start of the 'internet age', a interval which sits firmly inside what we might realize to be a interval of 'lived and dwelling memory'. Rodney Harrison and John Schofield discover how archaeology can tell the examine of this period of time and the research of our personal society via specific case experiences and an in-depth precis of the present literature. After Modernity attracts jointly cross-disciplinary views on modern fabric tradition experiences, and develops a brand new time table for the examine of the materiality of past due smooth societies.

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The Cold War period has also been the subject of significant academic attention within the higher education and heritage sectors. Major overview studies have been published on the archaeology and A Disciplinary (Pre)History 43 architecture of this period (Beck 2002; Johnson 2002; Cocroft and Thomas 2003). As with earlier overviews, these led to further more detailed studies, of particular places or thematic and topic-based research, such as wall art for example (Cocroft et al. 2006). Some of these studies are described more fully in Chapter 7.

This is not simply in terms of the usual archaeological preoccupation with material remains, but the practical and social act of uncovering that which has once been hidden. The two converge here both literally and figuratively. (Buchli and Lucas 2001a: 14) Case studies included both conventional and unconventional archaeological concerns, ranging from the analysis of early twentiethcentury ceramics (Majewski and Schiffer 2001; Stevenson 2001), to late twentieth-century garbage (Rathje 2001) and the archaeology of an early twentieth-century fraternity house (Wilkie 2001).

While the interests of this field are diverse and include both modern material culture and collections of ancient material culture in the present, the reinvigoration of anthropological studies of material culture that it ignited 30 A Disciplinary (Pre)History was influential in stimulating a renewed interest amongst archaeologists in contemporary material culture. g. g. g. Attfield 2000) have all been influential on the field of the archaeology of the contemporary past as it developed throughout the early 2000s.

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