Fields of Conflict Battlefield Archaeology from the Roman Empire to the Korean War

ISBN-10: 1597972762

ISBN-13: 9781597972765

Edition: 2009

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Description: Battlefields are sites of international conflict, places where the course of history is decided. They are also places of pride and community identity, where the sacrifice and the courage of those who fought take on mythic status. Battlefield archaeology is a crucial tool for understanding how battles are fought and won, often revealing shocking conclusions at odds with the documentary record. Physical evidence shows whether battle plans succeeded or failed and the effectiveness of planning versus luck. Fields of Conflict reveals new interpretations of classic battles and explores how archaeology is used regardless of geographic or temporal location. First showing the reader how to identify a battlefield from earthworks and particular artifacts, the authors then foster a new understanding of warfare by examining some of the best-preserved battlefields in the world. From the ancient world through the Middle Ages, to World Wars I and II and the Korean War, the analysis of what gets left behind at the close of epic struggles shows all too painfully how men fought and died, and how decisions their commanders made shaped history even today. Yet more than history, battlefield archaeology can be deeply meaningful to relatives of soldiers today, who seek to know where their missing loved ones fought, died, and were possibly buried. While military archaeology has always been popular, this groundbreaking volume is the first attempt to create a cohesive chronological interpretation for future study and understanding.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

CHARLES HAECKER is an archaeologist at the National Parks Service in Santa Fe and co-author of On the Prairie of Palo Alto: Historical Archaeology of the U.S.-Mexican War Battlefield.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
How Do You Know It's a Battlefield?
Mustering Landscapes: What Historic Battlefields Share in Common
Characteristics of Ancient Battlefields: Battle of Varus (9 AD)
Finding Battery Positions at Wilson's Creek, Missouri
Battlefield Viewsheds, or What the General Saw: Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Chattanooga, Tennessee
What the Musket Ball Can Tell: Monmouth Battlefield State Park, New Jersey
"Listen to the Minie Balls": Identifying Firearms in Battlefield Archaeology
Total Roman Defeat at the Battle of Varus (9 AD)
English Battlefields 991-1685: A Review of Problems and Potentials
Arrows Point to Mass Graves: Finding the Dead from the Battle of Towton, 1461 AD
Indian Resistance in New Spain: The 1541 AD Battlefield of Penol de Nochistlan, an Exemplar of Indigenous Resistance
Tatars, Cossacks, and the Polish Army: The Battle of Zboriv
Camden: Salvaging Data from a Heavily Collected Battlefield
Apache Victory against the U.S. Dragoons, the Battle of Cieneguilla, New Mexico
The Confederate Cantonment at Evansport, Virginia
Fort Davidson Battlefield, Missouri
The Confederate Forward Line, Battle of Nashville, Tennessee
Seven Eventful Days in Paraguay: Reconnoitering the Archaeology of the War of the Triple Alliance
Buffalo Soldiers versus the Apache: The Battle in Hembrillo Basin, New Mexico
Scars of The Great War (Western Flanders, Belgium)
Pointe-du-Hoc Battlefield, Normandy, France
"For You the War Is Over": Finding the Great Escape Tunnel at Stalag Luft III
Hill 209: The Last Stand of Operation Manchu, Korea
Conclusions: Toward a Unified View of the Archaeology of Fields of Conflict
Index
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