Revisiting History’s Cenotaphs: The “Common Man” and Ethics of Commemoration in Conflict Archaeology
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Abstract: The aphorism that victors write history routinely stirs up debate about the epistemic underpinnings of conflict histories. This is as true of analyses of the most publicized of modern wars as it is of studies of little documented conflicts in the distant past. Nowhere, however, are source discrepancies as tangible as in the records of resistance movements in feudal and colonial societies. Archaeologists working in such contexts thus have a chance to adopt the ‘common man’ as a subject of research not only to balance the record, as it were, but also on ethical grounds with a view towards commemoration.
Additional tags: history; colonialism; commemoration; resistance movements
Abstract also available in Spanish and French.
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- Adequate and Responsible Reporting, Publication, and Dissemination
- Armed Conflict and Violence
- Management of Cultural Resources, Heritage, History
- Public Interest, Collaboration, Education, and Outreach
- Respect for and Responsibility to Affected Groups