Contexts for Conflict: Conceptual Tools for Interpreting Archaeological Reflections of Warfare
Source: Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Volume 6, Number 1, 2011 , pp. 42-64(23)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:There has been a long history of interest in the material remains of conflict, but in the last two and a half decades archaeologists have made strides in the study of war and warfare. Techniques have been developed, refined, and borrowed to expose the material record of combat. Sites associated with other military undertakings have been discovered and the material culture of conflict has been documented. This growth has expanded an understanding of past conflicts and challenged previously held ideas about warfare. Although archaeologists do not currently have interpretive frameworks to link the diverse sites and objects that form the archaeological record of war, modern military planners have developed such models. This paper uses sites from the North American Great Plains to suggest that military models of conflict analysis can contribute to a synthetic archaeological interpretation of conflict.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Anthropology, 810 Oldfather Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68588, United States of America;, Email: PBleed1@unl.edu 2: Department of Anthropology, 810 Oldfather Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68588, United States of America;, Email: DScott5@unl.edu
Publication date: 2011-01-01