Bastions and Barbed Wire

Studies in the Archaeology of Conflict

Editors: Tony Pollard and Iain Banks
Various papers on the archaeology of conflict, including battlefield archaeology. The main focus of the volume is confinement, as expressed by a wide variety of contexts. Most obviously these include Nazi concentration camps, which are in need of credible archaeological attention (the editorial points out the dangers of the misappropriation of archaeological and scientific techniques by Holocaust deniers). Other forms of confinement are examined in papers focussing on the archaeology of island defences and siege sites, with the sieges of Leith from 1650 and of Fort William from 1646 both recently being subject to archaeological investigation. Other contributions include a study of shell holes and field defences from the battle of the Bulge (1944).
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Biographical Note

Tony Pollard MA, Ph.D., MIFA, FSA Scot is Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Glasgow University. Tony is convenor of the MLitt in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology run through the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, the only postgraduate course of its type. He has carried out battlefield and conflict related archaeological projects in the UK, mainland Europe, Africa and South America. His interests range from 18th century warfare, particularly in relation to the Jacobite rebellions in Scotland, to the archaeology of the First World War, where he most recently directed a project to locate the mass graves of Australian and British troops at Fromelles in France on behalf of the Australian government. He has written widely for both popular and academic audiences.
Iain Banks MA, Ph.D., MIFA, FSA Scot is Director of Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division and Executive Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology. He has worked on battlefield projects across the UK, Europe and Africa, both as a geophysicist and excavator. He plays an active part in the teaching of the MLitt in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. His main interests in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology are the Prehistory and Anthropology of Warfare and Warfare in the Twentieth Century. He has written widely on these subjects and other aspects of archaeology.


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