ABSTRACT

The study of conflict archaeology has developed rapidly over the last decade, fuelled in equal measure by technological advances and creative analytical frameworks. Nowhere is this truer than in the inter-disciplinary fields of archaeological practice that combine traditional sources such as historical photographs and maps with 3D digital topographic data from Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) and large scale geophysical prospection. For twentieth-century conflict landscapes and their surviving archaeological remains, these developments have encouraged a shift from a site oriented approach towards landscape-scaled research. This volume brings together an wide range of perspectives, setting traditional approaches that draw on historical and contemporary aerial photographs alongside cutting-edge prospection techniques, cross-disciplinary analyses and innovative methods of presenting this material to audiences. Essays from a range of disciplines (archaeology, history, geography, heritage and museum studies) studying conflict landscapes across the globe throughout the twentieth century, all draw on aerial and landscape perspectives to past conflicts and their legacy and the complex issues for heritage management. Organized in four parts, the first three sections take a broadly chronological approach, exploring the use of aerial evidence to expand our understanding of the two World Wars and the Cold War. The final section explores ways that the aerial perspective can be utilized to represent historical landscapes to a wide audience. With case studies ranging from the Western Front to the Cold War, Ireland to Russia, this volume demonstrates how an aerial perspective can both support and challenge traditional archaeological and historical analysis, providing an innovative new means of engaging with the material culture of conflict and commemoration.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction: Conflict Landscapes and Archaeology from Above

ByBirger Stichelbaut, David Cowley

chapter 1|18 pages

The Archaeology of World War I in Comines-Warneton (Belgium) through Aerial Photographs and Proximal Soil Sensing

ByWouter Gheyle, Timothy Saey, Yannick Van Hollebeeke, Stephanie Verplaetse, Nicolas Note, Jean Bourgeois, Marc Van Meirvenne, Veerle Van Eetvelde, Birger Stichelbaut

chapter 2|16 pages

Bellewaarde Ridge (Belgium): Survey of a World War I Landscape

ByMarc Dewilde, Hilde Verboven, Franky Wyffels

chapter 3|14 pages

Contested Landscape: La Boisselle and the Glory Hole

ByPeter Masters

chapter 4|14 pages

World War I Remains in Scotland: Aerial Photography as Heritage

ByAllan Kilpatrick

chapter 6|18 pages

Airborne Laser Scanning and the Archaeological Interpretation of Ireland’s World War I Landscape: Randalstown Training Camp, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

ByIreland’s World War I Landscape: Randalstown Training Camp, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Heather A. Montgomery and Rory W.A. McNeary

chapter 8|20 pages

Landscapes of Death and Suffering: Archaeology of Conflict Landscapes of the Upper Soča Valley, Slovenia

ByDimitrij Mlekuž, Uroš Košir, Matija Črešnar

chapter 10|18 pages

Remembering Uncertainty: The World War II Warscape of the Australian Northern Territory

ByKeir Reeves, Birger Stichelbaut, Gertjan Plets

chapter 11|20 pages

World War II Conflict and Post-conflict Landscapes in Northwest France: An Evaluation of the Aerial Photographic Resource

ByDavid G. Passmore, David Capps Tunwell, Stephan Harrison

chapter 12|14 pages

Mapping Unexploded Ordnance in Italy: The Role of World War II Aerial Photographs

ByWorld War II Aerial Photographs Elizabeth Jane Shepherd

chapter 14|18 pages

A Cold War Conflict Landscape in the Borderlands of West Bohemia

ByMichal Rak, Lukáš Funk, Lenka Starková

chapter 15|12 pages

‘Anzac from the Air’: Re-imagining the Australian War Memorial’s Gallipoli Aerial Collection

ByLuke Diggins, Kate Morschel and Snow

chapter 17|14 pages

The Aerial Perspective in a Museum Context: Above Flanders Fields 1914–1918

ByBirger Stichelbaut, Piet Chielens