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Holocaust Archaeologies


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Part I: Background.- Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Context.- Chapter 3: Reading the Landscape.- Part II: Methodologies in Holocaust Archaeology.- Chapter 4: Ethical Issues and Project Design.- Chapter 5: Desk-Based Investigation.- Chapter 6: Above-Ground Investigations.- Chapter 7: Below-Ground Investigations.- Part III: Archaeologies of the Holocaust.- Chapter 8: Physical Evidence of the Holocaust.- Chapter 9: Archaeologies of Oppression, Deception and Resistance.- Chapter 10: Archaeologies of Life, Work and Death.- Chapter 11: Traces of Memory.- Chapter 12: (Re-)Presenting the Holocaust.

About the Author

Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls is an Associate Professor at Staffordshire University specialising in forensic and Holocaust archaeology. She is also the Research Lead and founder of the Centre of Archaeology at the same institution. Her research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes. As part of this research, she completed the first archaeological surveys of the former extermination camp at Treblinka (Poland), the sites pertaining to the slave labour programme in Alderney (the Channel Islands) and the former Semlin Judenlager and Anhaltlager (Serbia). She has published extensively in Holocaust and forensic archaeology. Her research has received international media attention via television documentaries and radio programmes aired in Europe and the US. She also acts as a Scientific Advisor for Kamp Westerbork and sits on the NWO Holocaust Archaeology Group. Caroline is also a Consultant for the Polish-German Reconciliation Foundation, searching for mass graves of the Holocaust across Poland. Caroline is also a member of the Forensic Archaeology Expert Panel and regularly undertakes forensic search and recovery work with UK Police forces. Her particular interests in this field include the application of forensic archaeological methods to the investigation of cold cases and socio-historic conflicts. She is also a Member of the Institute For Archaeologists (MIFA) and a Member and Assessor for the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (MCSFS). As the Research Lead of the Centre of Archaeology, her interest in archaeology goes beyond the recent past and she has managed a number of large-scale research and consultancy projects across Europe.


“Sturdy Colls’ crucial and ambitious volume has provided the foundation for a desperately needed practical and ethical protocol for archaeological investigation of Holocaust sites–one that will aid students and archaeologists considering entering the field, allow educators to keep their courses timely and relevant, inform interested laypeople, and spur debate about the future of Holocaust archaeology.” (Robert M. Ehrenreich, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Vol. 29 (3), December, 2015)“In her just published book, ‘Holocaust Archeologies: Approaches and Future Directions,’ Sturdy Colls lays groundwork for the emerging field of non-invasive investigations of genocide sites. … Sturdy Colls’s 358-page volume is both a field manual for researchers, and a first-hand account of the herculean efforts required to conduct even a survey of Holocaustera grounds.” (Matt Lebovic, The Times of Israel, timesofisrael.com, April, 2015)

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