Archaeology of Destruction Conference

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This extends beyond archaeology to history, sociology, anthropology, and several other disciplines. The aim is to examine what destruction as a phenomenon does to material culture and intangible heritage, and, by extension, our communities and perceptions. Included in this is why specific destruction occurred the way it did, what its effects were, how the collective 'memory' of destruction evolves over time, and the significance of the choices we make about interpreting and discussing destruction that occurred in the past. This conference will incorporate not just theoretical research about the past, but also topics such as how information about destruction is presented and used in the present, how this affects the conservation choices we make, and practical issues such as how we identify or isolate deliberate destruction from that caused by natural and other causes.

Saturday, 27 May 2006
9:00 Registration

9:30 Welcome and Introduction

Lila Rakoczy & Nick Trustram Eve, Conference Organisers

9:50 Keynote Paper: Archaeologies of War and Wars of Archaeology

Dr. John Carman (Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham)

10:30 Changing identities: Urban industrial heritage is a loaded gun

Malcolm Cooper, FSA (Chief Inspector, Historic Scotland)

11:00- 11:30 Tea Break

11:30 Destruction of Items of Cultural Heritage in Cultural Cleansings

Dr. Kevin Smith, J.D. (Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis, USA)

12:00 Architectural ‘Ethnic Cleansing?’—The destruction of the Roman tetrapylon at Caerleon

Dr. Ray Howell (University of Wales, Newport)

12:30 “Carthage must be destroyed!” Does Cato still haunt Carthage?

Farès Moussa (University of Edinburgh)

1:00- 2:30 Lunch

2:30 Which Destruction? A Response to Destruction in Seventeenth-Century China

Dr. David Pattinson (East Asian Studies, University of Leeds)

3:00 Cosmic Catastrophes and the Death of Astronomy

Martin Lunn MBE FRAS (Curator of Astronomy, Yorkshire Museum)

3:30- 4:00 Tea Break

4:00 War destruction and post-war reconstruction: Bilbao, Barcelona, and Madrid and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

Olivia Muñoz-Rojas Oscarsson (Sociology/Cities Programme, LSE)

4:30 ‘Die Katastrophe’: Destruction, Memory, and Area Bombing in the Second World War

Shaun Richardson (Ed Dennison Archaeological Services)

5:00 Keynote Paper: The Centre de la Mémoire d’Oradour-sur-Glane

Max Boisrobert (Historic Buildings Inspector of the Haute-Vienne, France

6:00-7.30 Wine Reception at the King's Manor refectory


Sunday, 28 May 2006
9:30 Preservation by destruction: The demolition of Bedford Castle

Matt Edgeworth (Independent Archaeologist)

10:00 Windsor Castle—destruction and salvage

Brian Kerr (Head of Archaeological Projects, English Heritage)

10:30 The Dissolution of the Monasteries: Nationalisation and Privatisation for Maximum Profit

Stuart Harrison (Ryedale Archaeological Services)

11:00- 11:20 Tea Break

11:20 Burning issues: Interpretations of destruction and the medieval archaeology of the Welsh borders - Michael Fradley, English Heritage

11:50 Violent Dialogues Between Mourners and Tombs: Disfiguring Cyrenean Cemeteries in Imperial Times - Igor Cherstich (Social Anthropology, SOAS) & Luca Cherstich (Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford)

12:20 Reconsidering “Looting”: Destruction or Alternative Archaeology?: Ioanna Antoniadou (Archaeology, University of Southampton)

12:50- 2:00 Lunch

2:00 ‘Our Churches and Houses Defaced’: Aspects of Urban and Suburban Destruction in Civil War Colchester and Newcastle: John Mabbitt (Asst. Keeper of Field Archaeology, Tyne and Wear Museums)

2:30 Demolishing Roman Britain: James Gerrard (Archaeology, University of York)

3:00 The Disaster That Wasn’t: A Challenge to the Abandonment Theories from Cholula, Mexico: Jolene Debert (Archaeology, University of Manchester) & Dr. Geoffrey G. McCafferty (Archaeology, University of Calgary)

3:30 Closing Remarks

Dr. John Carman & Lila Rakoczy

Contact: Lila Rakoczy

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