An Introduction to Archaeologies of Internment

Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH)


In this opening chapter, we introduce the developing field of archaeologies of internment. We first illustrate the prevalence of modern forms of institutional internment around the world since the final decades of the nineteenth century. Second, we offer a tentative definition of “internment” and describe what is meant by an “archaeology of internment,” including a review of previous research in the field. Third, we situate the archaeology of internment within an interdisciplinary context, and discuss some of its potential strengths and unique contributions. Fourth, and finally, we introduce and contextualize the chapters in this volume, and suggest some possible directions for future research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Archaeology, University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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