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Post-Conflict Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
Rebuilding Knowledge, Memory and Community from War-Damaged Material Culture

Edited By

Paul Newson


Ruth Young

ISBN 9781138296565
Published November 10, 2017 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

The human cost in any conflict is of course the first care in terms of the reduction, if not the elimination of damage. However, the destruction of archaeology and heritage as a consequence of civil and international wars is also of major concern, and the irreversible loss of monuments and sites through conflict has been increasingly discussed and documented in recent years. 

Post-Conflict Archaeology and Cultural Heritage draws together a series of papers from archaeological and heritage professionals seeking positive, pragmatic and practical ways to deal with conflict-damaged sites. For instance, by showing that conflict-damaged cultural heritage and archaeological sites are a valuable resource rather than an inevitable casualty of war, and suggesting that archaeologists use their skills and knowledge to bring communities together, giving them ownership of, and identification with, their cultural heritage.

The book is a mixture of the discussion of problems, suggested planning solutions and case studies for both archaeologists and heritage managers. It will be of interest to heritage professionals, archaeologists and anyone working with post-conflict communities, as well as anthropology, archaeology, and heritage academics and their students at a range of levels.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Section 1: Introduction

Chapter 1

Conflict: People, Heritage and Archaeology

Paul Newson and Ruth Young

Section 2: Legal Frameworks

Chapter 2

Cultural Heritage Destruction in the Middle East: UNESCO’s Work to Mitigate Damage and Plan for Recovery

Nada al-Hassan

Chapter 3

The Need for Pre-Conflict Planning for Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict

Chris McDaid

Section 3: Strategies – Post-Conflict

Chapter 4

Post Conflict Heritage and Recovery: A Role for the Military

Laurie W. Rush

Chapter 5

Conflict, Memory and Material Culture: the Archaeology of the Contestado War in Brazil (1912-1916)

Jaisson Teixeira Lino, James Symonds and Pedro Paulo Funari

Chapter 6

The Importance of Cultural Heritage in Enhancing a Syrian National Identity and the role of local non-state actors in preserving it

Amr Al-Azm

Chapter 7

Reconstructing Post-Conflict Heritage in Rwanda

John Giblin

Section 4: Methodologies of Recording

Chapter 8

Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA): approach and possible solutions

Robert Bewley

Chapter 9

A Post-conflict scenario in the Caucasus region: a documentation drive to assess monumental heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh

Alvaro Higueras

Chapter 10

Maximising information from conflict-damaged sites: a case study from Lebanon.

Paul Newson and Ruth Young

Section 5: Community Building

Chapter 11

In the aftermath of violence: heritage and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland

Audrey Horning and Colin Breen

Chapter 12

After Angkor: an Archaeological Perspective on Heritage and Capacity-Building in Cambodia

Miriam Stark and Heng Piphal

Chapter 13

Archaeology from below in Swat, Pakistan. Heritage and social mobilization in a post-conflict reality

Luca M. Olivieri

Section 6: Contingent Solutions – The Archaeologist’s Role

Chapter 14

Archaeology in Post-War El Salvador

Kathryn E. Sampeck

Chapter 15

Mes Aynak (Afghanistan), Global Standards and Local Practices

Hans H. Curvers



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Paul Newson is Associate Professor in Archaeology at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is interested in landscape archaeology and the rural environments of the Graeco-Roman world, particularly the Eastern Mediterranean. He has directed fieldwork in Syria, Libya and Lebanon.

Ruth Young is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Leicester, UK. She is interested in the historical archaeology of the Middle East and South Asia and has directed excavations and fieldwork in Iran, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Her recent publications include The Archaeology of South Asia (2015).