Competing Archaeologies. Traces and Representations of 20th Genocides

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The Materiality of Conflict
Aims, methods and theory of conflict archaeology from prehistory to modern times
In the past two decades we have witnessed the rapid development of a new field of archaeological research, commonly labelled as conflict archaeology. It has its origins in the study of battlefields and other conflict-related phenomena in the modern and pre-modern periods, but numerous studies have already made clear that this theme, its methods, techniques and theories are also relevant for older historical and even prehistoric periods. However, the material dimension of mass violence and conflict still is an underexplored field of study, certainly in Dutch archaeology. This symposium aims to give an up-to-date overview of the potentials, the scope and the limitations of conflict archaeology. VU University Amsterdam / University of Amsterdam Target group: master and research master students, PhD-students, staff of ACASA and ARCHON
The program offers a broad range of papers from the prehistoric period up to the Second World War, and has a focus on methodological and theoretical issues. Questions that will be addressed are: how can we identify battlefields?, how essential is the availability of documentary evidence? What is the potential of a landscape-archaeological approach in this field of research? Has archaeology something to offer to the study of genocide in the past? How important are ritual depositions related to conflict?
Each paper will have 30 minutes, including at least 5 minutes for questions. We will finish the program with a general debate.

09.00 - 09.45 Thea/coffee
09.45 - 10.00 Nico Roymans (VU University Amsterdam): Welcome and Introduction
10.00 - 10.30 Gabriel Moshenska (UCL London): A short history of the development of conflict Archaeology
10.30 - 11.00 Augusta McMahon (Cambridge University, UK): Violent conflict during the growth of early city-states. Late Chalcolithic mass graves at Tell Brak, Syria
11.00 - 11.30 David Fontijn (Leiden University): On the cultural perception of warfare and warriorhood in the European Bronze Age
11.30 - 12.00 Michael Meyer (Freie Universität Berlin): The Roman battlefields of Kalkriese and Harzfeld
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 13.30 Nico Roymans/Manuel Fernàndez-Götz (University of Edinburg, UK): Caesar’s Gallic Conquest and the archaeology of mass violence and genocide
13.30 - 14.00 Tim Sutherland (University of York, UK): Checkmate: comparing the skeletal evidence of the death of King Richard III with other medieval weapon trauma
14.00 - 14.30 James Symonds (University of Amsterdam): The archaeology of deserted villages during the 30-Years War in Central Europe
14.30 - 15.00 Thea/coffee
15.00 - 15.30 Jan Kolen (Leiden University): The archaeology of recent terrorscapes
15.30 - 16.00 Max van der Schriek (VU University): The archaeology of industrial warfare. Methods and techniques
16.00 - 16.30 Rob van der Laarse (University of Amsterdam): Competing archaeologies. Traces and representations of 20th century Holocaust & other genocides
16.30 - 17.00 James Symonds: Final discussion
17.00 - 18.00 Drinks
Period24 Apr 2015
Event titleThe Materiality of Conflict. Aims, Methods and Theoryof Conflict Archaeology from Prehistory to Modern Times (ACASA / ARCHON)
Event typeLecture
Degree of RecognitionInternational