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Multivocal Archaeologies of the Pacific War, 1941-45
Collaboration, Reconciliation, and Renewal

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ISBN 9780367220433
July 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume draws together the ground-breaking work of researchers and archaeological practitioners, working in multiple countries, to explore and understand the material and cultural impacts of the Pacific War.

The Pacific War (1941-45), was characterised by a brutality and violence unmatched in any other theatre. Described by indigenous Micronesians as a ‘typhoon,’ the war was an unstoppable force that rolled across the islanders’ homes, leaving only a trail of destruction in its wake, with physical, psychological, and cultural impacts that continue to resonate today. This difficult period is examined in a variety of ways through chapters that include targeted studies of archaeological sites, wider surveys of battlefield landscapes, and the ways in which we commemorate the experiences and legacies of both combatants and civilian populations. The translation of important research by Okinawan, Japanese, and Russian archaeologists bring regions that have previously been neglected in Anglophone literature into focus and enrich this comprehensive exploration of the archaeology of the Pacific War.

This book will be of interest to archaeological practitioners, students, and members of the general public working in conflict studies or with an interest in the material culture, history, and legacies of the Pacific War.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A War of the Worlds

Ben Raffield, Yu Hirasawa, and Neil Price

PART 1: 1942-43

2. Bringing Together Divergent Experiences of World War II in the Aleutians

Rachel Mason

3. Conflict Landscapes, Indigenous Landscapes, and Commemorative Landscapes: A PNG Perspective.

Matthew Kelly

4. WWII in the Solomon Islands: Conflict and Aftermath

Martin Gibbs, Brad Duncan, Lawrence Kiko, and Stephen Manebosa

PART 2: 1944

5. Chuuk Lagoon World War II Underwater Cultural Heritage: A Divers’ Paradise, a Chuukese Dilemma?

Bill Jeffery

6. Seeking a Shared Connection and Shared Heritage Through WWII Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Pacific

Jennifer McKinnon

7. "You’ve Come a Long Way to Study Something That is Bad": Human Remains, Ethics, and Community-Based Research in Conflict Archaeology in the Pacific

Julie Mushynsky


Lives Encoded in Landscape: Unlocking Lost Narratives from the World War II Battle of Peleliu

Gavin Lindsay

PART 3: 1945

9. The Current Situation of the Battlefield Archaeological Site Survey in Okinawa Prefecture

Tetsuya Seto

10. Research, Conservation, and Utilization of War-Related Sites in Haebaru Town, Okinawa

Akira Hokumori

11. The Transition of Battery Positions on Okinawa Island

Katsuya Nakahodo


12. The Search and Identification of Burial places of Japanese Prisoners of War (POWs) in the Territory of Russia: Observations, Experiences, and Problems

Sergey Kuznetsov

13. Himeyuri Peace Museum: The Personal Experience of War

Noriko Koga

14. Negotiating Peleliu: Agency, Politics, and Place on the Battlefields of the Pacific War

Neil Price

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Ben Raffield is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Yu Hirasawa is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at University of East Asia.

Neil Price is Distinguished Professor of Archaeology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.