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Holocaust Archaeology: Archaeological Approaches to Landscapes of Nazi Genocide and Persecution

STURDY COLLS, Caroline (2013) Holocaust Archaeology: Archaeological Approaches to Landscapes of Nazi Genocide and Persecution. Journal of Conflict Archaeology, 7 (2). pp. 70-104. ISSN 1574-0773

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Debate concerning the events of the Holocaust is well embedded in the historical discourse and, thus, clearly defined narratives of this period exist. However, in most European countries the Holocaust has only recently begun to be considered in terms of its surviving archaeological remains and landscapes, and the majority of known sites are still ill-defined and only partially understood from both spatial structural points of view. Additionally, thousands of sites across Europe remain unmarked, whilst the locations of others have been forgotten altogether. Such a situation has arisen as a result of a number of political, social, ethical, and religious factors which, coupled with the scale of the crimes, has often inhibited systematic search. This paper details the subsequent development and application of a non-invasive archaeological methodology aimed at rectifying this situation and presents a case for the establishment of Holocaust archaeology as a sub-discipline of conflict studies. In particular, the importance of moving away from the notion that the presence of historical sources precludes the need for the collection of physical evidence is stressed, and the humanitarian, scientific, academic, and commemorative value of exploring this period is
considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Holocaust, death camps, Treblinka, Halacha Law, Holocaust landscapes project, geophysical survey, forensic archaeology, mass graves
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Caroline STURDY COLLS
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 15:42
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6084

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