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date: 06 June 2020

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The archaeology of twentieth-century conflicts is a rapidly growing area of study around the world. Encompassing world wars, class war, genocides, civil wars, human rights abuses, and acts of terrorism, it offers archaeological perspectives on events that have shaped human history. This chapter provides an overview of the development, key themes, and significance of twentieth-century conflict archaeology. Alongside a series of case studies that reflect the global scope and diversity of the subject, the chapter focuses on the archaeology of human remains from twentieth-century conflicts, and the role of conflict archaeology as a commemorative process. The final part of the chapter considers the future of modern conflict archaeology as an ever more significant, politically powerful, and intellectually stimulating interdisciplinary field of activity.

Keywords: archaeology, commemoration, conflict, human remains, twentieth century, war

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