By Rodney Harrison
After Modernity summarizes archaeological methods to the modern earlier, and indicates a brand new time table for the archaeology of overdue glossy societies. The primary concentration is the archaeology of constructed, de-industrialized societies throughout the moment 1/2 the 20 th century and the start of the twenty-first. this era encompasses the top of the chilly conflict and the start of the 'internet age', a interval which sits firmly inside of what we'd realize to be a interval of 'lived and residing memory'. Rodney Harrison and John Schofield discover how archaeology can tell the research of this period of time and the research of our personal society via unique case experiences and an in-depth precis of the present literature. After Modernity attracts jointly cross-disciplinary views on modern fabric tradition stories, and develops a brand new schedule for the research of the materiality of past due glossy societies.
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Promote twentieth-century heritage by dedicating the International Monuments and Sites Day (18 April 2002) to twentiethcentury heritage in all its diversity. Put a special emphasis on twentieth-century heritage in the 2002 edition of the Heritage at Risk Report, and invite partner organizations [including] DoCoMoMo to contribute substantially to its content. Co-operate fully with UNESCO and other partners to develop workshops and meetings on that theme. The Montreal Action Plan was followed with a UNESCO Heritage at Risk conference on ‘Preservation of 20th-Century Architecture and World Heritage’ in April 2006 in Moscow and an ICOMOS ‘International Scientific Committee meeting on 20th-Century Heritage’ held in Berlin in 2007.
For example, work has been undertaken on the archaeology of the Greenham Common protest camps in West Berkshire, England (Schofield 2009a) and on the peace camps in Nevada, US (Beck, Drollinger, and Schofield 2007) (see also Schofield, Beck, and Drollinger 2003). Although these are discussed more fully in Chapter 7, it is worth stating here the intellectual arguments behind this work. The reasons for both the Greenham and Nevada studies involve an attempt to ensure symmetry and balance in the way we construct and analyse the archaeological record.
Further important studies were published by Gould (1980), an important figure in the development of the archaeology of the contemporary past, who described the seasonal round and contemporary archaeology of Ngatatjara people from the Western Desert of Australia in his book Living Archaeology. Similarly, Cribb (1991) examined the archaeological traces of contemporary nomadic peoples in Turkey and Iran, living amongst them and then returning to their abandoned settlements to record and analyse their material traces.