The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

SPMA Conference Session at EAA 2013

6 September 2013

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology is sponsoring this session at the European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting in Pilsen in September 2013:

The Archaeology and Heritage of the Prisoner of War experience: researching and managing a fragile resource

Organisers: Harold Mytum (University of Liverpool, UK) and Marek Jasinski (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)


There has been a recent rise in interest in the archaeology of recent military conflict. One aspect of increasing importance is that of prisoner of war camps, and also the many military and other infrastructural features of the landscape constructed by prisoners of war. Museums also house important collections of artefacts made and used by prisoners whilst imprisoned. This session builds on the success and interest of Prisoner of War Archaeology (19th and 20th centuries) at the 15th EAA 2009 at Riva del Garda. Now we consider the role of recent fieldwork locating and interpreting the physical evidence, memory work linked to sites or artefacts, public interpretation of prisoner of war sites and artefacts, and the management issues related to this important though often fragile resource. Papers will cover archaeology of the period from the 18th century to recent times. This session is sponsored by the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology so that a student can be financially assisted to give a paper at the session.

find out more about the conference, which takes place on 4th - 8th September 2013, here: