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Notes for an Archaeology of Discarded Drug Paraphernalia

Moshenska, G; Shelly, S; (2020) Notes for an Archaeology of Discarded Drug Paraphernalia. Archaeology International , 23 (1) pp. 104-121. 10.14324/111.444.ai.2020.09. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the values and challenges of an archaeological approach to illicit drug use, based on the study of discarded drug paraphernalia. It builds upon recent archaeological studies of homeless people, refugees and other marginalised communities that have used participative methods to challenge societal stigma and erasure. Following a critique of previous archaeological studies of drug use, the core of the article is a detailed analysis of an assemblage of drug paraphernalia in Oxford, UK. In interpreting this assemblage and its material and emotional contexts we draw on our respective contemporary archaeological and drug user activist experience and expertise. By providing a critical overview of previous studies and a detailed case study, this article aims to provide a practical and conceptual foundation for future archaeological studies of illicit drug use.

Type: Article
Title: Notes for an Archaeology of Discarded Drug Paraphernalia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.444.ai.2020.09
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ai.2020.09
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020, Gabriel Moshenska and Shaun Shelly. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
Keywords: contemporary archaeology, harm reduction, historical archaeology, marginalised heritage, people who use drugs
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10122347
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