Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 2020-12-10T00:15:00+00:00 Alfredo González-Ruibal Open Journal Systems <p>The&nbsp;<em>Journal of Contemporary Archaeology</em>&nbsp;is the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to explore archaeology’s specific contribution to understanding the present and recent past. It is concerned both with archaeologies of the contemporary world, defined temporally as belonging to the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as well as with reflections on the socio-political implications of doing archaeology in the contemporary world.</p> Hale Video Supplement 2020-11-24T11:52:43+00:00 Alex G.C. Hale <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a> to view Video Supplement</p> 2020-12-10T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. From a Laboratory of Power to a Laboratory of Violence 2020-12-10T00:15:00+00:00 Lea Rees <p>Drawing on the theories of Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism and Wolfgang Sofsky’s The Order of Terror, this article takes the panoptic layout of Sachsenhausen concentration camp as a case study to explore the diverging intentions of disciplinary and absolute power. Research into the history, architectural layout and social hierarchies of Sachsenhausen can help us to understand the psychological impacts of the built environment and the social structure of the camp on its inmates. The article is based not only on scientific literature but also on eyewitness reports of survivors in the form of written accounts and visual history. Moreover, archaeological material of excavations carried out at Sachsenhausen offers insights into – otherwise undocumented – aspects of daily life, strategies of survival and ways of resistance of the prisoners.</p> 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Visual Archaeologies 2020-12-09T22:23:34+00:00 Alfredo González-Ruibal 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. By Drawing We Unframe Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2020-12-09T22:37:35+00:00 Alex Hale <p>This illustrated essay discusses the creative practice of 'live drawing' at an annual conference which brings together Scotland's community heritage practitioners. It discusses the application of drawing as documentation whilst people are giving talks about their projects, and critically explores the use of drawing as a 'way of seeing' events that are tied to the past. It develops the idea that the format of the conferences, just like the composition and content of the illustrations, applies framing devices that contain and constrain our creativity, but that can also enable imaginary opportunities when considering the past in the present.</p> 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Weight of History 2020-12-09T22:50:22+00:00 Maria Theresia Starzmann Leila Papoli-Yazdi <p>In an attempt at situating the experiences of common people within larger historical structures, this paper takes inspiration from innovative historiographical approaches, in particular "history from below". After introductory thoughts on the practice of writing history, we trace several distinct yet interconnected moments in the political history of Iran that have unfolded over the course of three generations. Our textual narrative is accompanied by an artistic rendering, which not only encourages readers to recognize different formats through which the past can be accessed, but also invites them to experience history as an accumulation of storylines.&nbsp;</p> 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Archaeo-Becoming, Zarankin-Centrism and Contaminated Presents 2020-12-09T23:22:20+00:00 Andrés Zarankin Iván Zigarán <p style="font-weight: 400;">Some time ago Cristóbal Gnecco and Henry Tantalean had the provocative idea of encouraging a reflection about the way archaeologists and non-archeologists change their lives by working and existing together. This encounter between people is not considered important, or material for analysis for archaeology. However, they are “contaminants” (in the sense of both being affected by one another).</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">In the specific case of Antarctica, these other “actors” are non-human (there are no native people – besides the researchers and logistic personnel). Animals, things, light/darkness, cold, snow, landscapes, etc., are the “actors” with which we interact. It is from this contact through time, that we change them and ourselves as well. This “contaminations” end affecting the histories we build and the way we do it. At the same time, I have asked myself several times: where in our academic texts are the experiences that marked us? The adventures? The sadness? The smiles and spilled tears?</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Another issue in my history as an archaeologist was the work at concentration camps from the last dictatorship in Argentina. The people I have met, the materiality from these places of destruction, affected and changed me.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">It is in this sense that this work is a personal self-reflection of my affective and transformative “relationship” with these two themes in which I have been working during the past 20 years.</p> 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. After the Tourists Depart 2020-12-09T23:37:26+00:00 Sreedeep Bhattacharya <p>This essay explores multiple aspects of a domestic tourism boom that has occurred in Ladakh, India, over the past two decades. It considers the nature of tourism itself within the context of leisure as a commodity and how visual interventions and photographic practices brand a tourist destination as a consumable idea, making a case for the inseparability of image and destination and arguing that the constructed image of a destination attracts a collective gaze. This perspective is then applied to the consumerist trajectory/ tragedy of Ladakh, which since the economic liberalization of India has been visually negotiated through imageries of the area as a destination for adventure and exotica. This experience is enacted through the consumerist practices of packaged tourism, and through a visual exploration of material remains—the paper documents material leftovers discarded by tourists.</p> 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Phantom Brickworks 2020-12-09T23:43:53+00:00 Pablo Arboleda <p>Bailén is a small town in southern Spain where, during the housing bubble in the early 2000s, a third of the country's domestic housing-brick supply was produced. After the 2008 financial crash, two of the town's three brickworks shut down - leaving dozens of abandoned factories behind. By walking through these ghostly ruins and photographing their strangely beautiful aesthetics, the author reflects on the rise and fall of a development model based on construction. It is stated that, whilst the sole notion of ‘crisis' is abstract and cannot be visualised, phantom brickworks function as antimetaphors because, instead of representing the crisis, they are the crisis. The music is available on the NTS YouTube channel at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></p> 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. “To Thee Do We Send Up Our Sighs” 2020-12-09T23:55:29+00:00 Eve Campbell <p>Public Marian shrines are a ubiquitous element of rural and urban landscapes in the Republic of Ireland. Largely dating from the mid-twentieth century, the monuments formed part of a broader process of reconfiguring the Irish landscape in the post-Independence period. In this photo essay I explore the monuments, reflecting on how they served to articulate restrictive gender norms influenced by nationalist discourse and Catholic teaching. I also look at contemporary material practices associated with the shrines and their role in more vernacular forms of Marian devotion outside the tightly regulated space of the Catholic Church.</p> 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. (Uns)table assemblage 2020-12-10T00:08:39+00:00 Nyree Finlay <p>An abandoned table in a forgotten avocational workroom exposes the temporalities of archaeological practice and conventional lithic artefact analysis, and reveals creative encounters around the co-creation of self and stone.</p> 2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd.