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Excavating an Excavator: Gerhard Bersu, his networks, and linking past and present

Author(s): Kate Chapman ; Harold Mytum

Year: 2013

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Actor-Network approaches allow connections between people and people, and people and things, to be explored in new ways. This is illustrated through a historiographical case study. Gerhard Bersu avoided Nazi persecution by being invited to excavate in the UK, only to be then interned on the Isle of Man in 1940, where he continued to excavate. We explore his social and intellectual networks at that time, together with his relationships with archaeological deposits, field records, and artefacts. Having re-excavated some of the Bersu sites, thereby researching 1940s field methods, there is now a new, contemporary, set of relations between modern archaeologists, the public, the past archives, and the archaeology. These reveal the stability of some relationships, and the dynamic qualities of others; the implications of these are discussed.

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Excavating an Excavator: Gerhard Bersu, his networks, and linking past and present. Kate Chapman, Harold Mytum. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428219)


Temporal Keywords
20th c

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 618

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America