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Launch of new volume on the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

8 November 2013

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World (OUP, 2013)

The launch of the newly-published Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World will take place at the CHAT 2013 conference at UCL later today.

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, edited by Paul Graves-Brown (Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute), Rodney Harrison, and Angela Piccini (University of Bristol), provides an authoritative overview of the newly emerging focus on the archaeology of the present and recent past.

The Handbook comprises 49 newly-authored chapters and three photoessays and is the first comprehensive survey of an exciting and rapidly expanding sub-field. It makes a significant intervention by drawing together scholars working on a broad range of themes, approaches, methods, and case studies from diverse contexts in different parts of the world which have not previously been considered collectively. 

The book launch with be marked with a special drinks reception at the 11th Annual Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT) Conference on ‘CHAT 2013: Experience’, being held at UCL from 8-10 November 2013 and focusing on the experience of archaeology and the archaeology of experience in the present and recent historical past.