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The Archaeology of Cultural Genocide: A Forensic Turn in Holocaust Studies?

STURDY COLLS, Caroline (2016) The Archaeology of Cultural Genocide: A Forensic Turn in Holocaust Studies? In: Mapping the 'Forensic Turn': The Engagements with Materialities of Mass Death in Holocaust Studies and Beyond. New Academic Press, Vienna. (In Press)

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Whilst historians have discussed cultural genocide during the Holocaust, the subject has received less attention from forensic investigators and archaeologists. This is in spite of the fact that cultural genocide directly relates to material remains, the built environment and heritage. It is also in spite of the fact that in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of forensic and archaeological investigations at Holocaust sites. This paper provides a timely assessment of approaches to the investigation of cultural genocide and an examination of the potential for a “forensic turn” in this topic. It will demonstrate how investigating sites of cultural genocide offers the opportunity to enhance knowledge of crimes perpetrated during the Holocaust and recover evidence of societies who, as a direct result of both physical and cultural genocide, were diminished, eradicated and/or forgotten.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Uncontrolled Keywords: INCL
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Sciences
Depositing User: Caroline STURDY COLLS
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 16:48
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2017 12:28

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