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Transit, transition: excavating J641 VUJ

Bailey, G, Newland, C, Nilsson, A and Schofield, J (2009) 'Transit, transition: excavating J641 VUJ.' Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 19 (1). pp. 1-28. ISSN 0959-7743

Abstract

In July 2006 archaeologists from the University of Bristol and Atkins Heritage embarked on a contemporary archaeology project with a difference. We ‘excavated’ an old (1991) Ford Transit van, used by archaeologists and later by works and maintenance teams at the Ironbridge Museum. The object: to see what can be learnt from a very particular, common and characteristic type of contemporary place; to establish what archaeologists and archaeology can contribute to understanding the way society, and specifically we as archaeologists, use and inhabit these places; and to challenge and critique archaeologies of the contemporary past. In this report we describe our excavation and situate it within a wider debate about research practice in contemporary archaeology.

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This article also included contributions by Steve Davis and Adrian Myers.

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Keywords: contemporary archaeology, transit van, excavation, the van, method
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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