By Rodney Harrison
After Modernity summarizes archaeological methods to the modern previous, and indicates a brand new schedule for the archaeology of past due smooth societies. The primary concentration is the archaeology of constructed, de-industrialized societies throughout the moment 1/2 the 20 th century and the start of the twenty-first. this era encompasses the tip of the chilly conflict and the start of the 'internet age', a interval which sits firmly inside what we'd realize to be a interval of 'lived and residing memory'. Rodney Harrison and John Schofield discover how archaeology can tell the examine of this period of time and the examine of our personal society via distinct case reviews and an in-depth precis of the prevailing literature. After Modernity attracts jointly cross-disciplinary views on modern fabric tradition reviews, and develops a brand new time table for the research of the materiality of overdue smooth societies.
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The Montreal Action Plan was followed with a UNESCO Heritage at Risk conference on ‘Preservation of 20th-Century Architecture and World Heritage’ in April 2006 in Moscow and an ICOMOS ‘International Scientific Committee meeting on 20th-Century Heritage’ held in Berlin in 2007. The Berlin meeting found that twentieth-century heritage was underrepresented on the World Heritage List. According to the ICOMOS Report and Action Plan, Filling the Gaps (2004/5), in 2004 twentieth-century heritage made up less than 3 per cent of the (then) 800 world heritage sites, and nominations for twentieth-century sites were seldom on the tentative lists of the signatory countries of the World Heritage Convention.
UNESCO 2008) What is interesting about this phenomenon of twentieth-century heritage is that it is, perhaps even more than other forms of contemporary Western heritage management, very narrowly focused on what were perceived to be key or seminal works of architecture, and in particular, architectural modernism. Indeed, it appeared to be focused on developing a new ‘canon’ of modernism. One might distinguish between the DoCoMoMo and ICOMOS campaigns in this regard, as the listing of places such as Tel Aviv depends on the quantity and consistency of the housing and planning, as Tel Aviv has few really ‘important’ buildings from an art historical perspective.
A (P RE ) H IS TO RY OF TH E A RC H A E OLO G Y O F T H E C O NT E M P O RA RY PA ST It is now a decade since the publication of two key books which have been central to the establishment of the archaeology of the contem- 22 A Disciplinary (Pre)History porary past as a specific area of study within the English speaking world—Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture edited by Paul Graves-Brown (2000b), and Archaeologies of the Contemporary Past edited by Victor Buchli and Gavin Lucas (2001e). As Buchli (2007: 115) points out however, archaeologists have had a long interest in studying contemporary material culture, dating back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and including Pitt-Rivers’s studies of contemporary rifles while working as a military officer, and Kroeber’s (1919) study of changes in contemporary women’s dress lengths.