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The conservation and presentation of 'fragmentary' archaeological sites in modern urban contexts: post-war redevelopment in London, Berlin and Beirut.

Sandes, C.A.; (2007) The conservation and presentation of 'fragmentary' archaeological sites in modern urban contexts: post-war redevelopment in London, Berlin and Beirut. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

This research is concerned with the conservation of fragmentary archaeological features in the modem city particularly within the context of the social and architectural trauma associated with post-war redevelopment. This site type is generally represented by building foundations and architectural ruins, stretches of town wall and other such masonry remains that have been conserved in isolation, as opposed to being integrated into later buildings. The research issues that are examined in this thesis are, what were the initial reasons for conserving individual sites, and what function do these sites actually serve once they have been conserved The broader issue of the political, socio-cultural and academic values of conserved fragmentary archaeological remains in the modem city will also be examined. The historic cities of London, Berlin and Beirut offer three very different scenarios of post war redevelopment: London after World War II was victorious Berlin was not, and was subsequently divided between two very different political regimes before being reunited after the Cold War Beirut was also physically and socio-politically divided but as a consequence of fifteen years of civil war. Taken together, the post-war redevelopment in these three cities, and the differing treatment of archaeological remains within that context, provide a broad and contrasting range of the social, political, cultural and academic concerns of conservation since 1945. By examining such archaeological sites during such times of heightened need and greater awareness - this research aims to identify the specific reasoning behind the conservation of such sites in cities generally, and how their values may be best promoted in their conservation and in their display.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The conservation and presentation of 'fragmentary' archaeological sites in modern urban contexts: post-war redevelopment in London, Berlin and Beirut.
Identifier: PQ ETD:592665
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by Proquest Third party copyright material has been removed from the e-thesis.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1445345
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