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Battlefield Casualty: The Archaeology of a Captured Gun

Pearson, David; Connah, Graham

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Many artefacts in museums lack adequate information about the context from which they were collected. Not surprisingly, this often applies to artefacts recovered from battlefields, where chaotic conditions can result in uncertainty about their origins. This paper examines the case of a Second World War German 88 mm gun preserved in an Australian museum. The museum had little contextual information for this weapon, except that the Australian Army captured it in North Africa in 1942, probably...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorPearson, David
dc.contributor.authorConnah, Graham
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:14:10Z
dc.identifier.issn1574-0781
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/50159
dc.description.abstractMany artefacts in museums lack adequate information about the context from which they were collected. Not surprisingly, this often applies to artefacts recovered from battlefields, where chaotic conditions can result in uncertainty about their origins. This paper examines the case of a Second World War German 88 mm gun preserved in an Australian museum. The museum had little contextual information for this weapon, except that the Australian Army captured it in North Africa in 1942, probably after the Second Battle of El Alamein. However, an archaeological analysis of the gun, particularly of damage incurred during battle, can link it to photographs taken after the battle and re-establish its historical context and the circumstances of its acquisition. In this way, a museum artefact can become more than a mere exhibit: it can be made to document its own past.
dc.publisherManey Publishing
dc.sourceJournal of Conflict Archaeology
dc.titleBattlefield Casualty: The Archaeology of a Captured Gun
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume5
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor210108 - Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology)
local.identifier.absfor210204 - Museum Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8304786xPUB198
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationPearson, David, National Library of Australia
local.contributor.affiliationConnah, Graham, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage231
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage256
local.identifier.doi10.1163/157407709X12634580640579
local.identifier.absseo970121 - Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T08:04:49Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77957204019
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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