The study of Modern archaeology in Metropolitan France
In the last 30 years, the study of modern and contemporary archaeology in France has seen a substantial expansion, especially in the light of the strong and rapid emergence of preventive archaeology, in both rural and urban contexts. In this paper we propose an overview of research on the “recent” historical periods. Research into the archaeology of the modern period is increasingly diversified, extending to the material world, including diverse buried and extant remains. Castles, gardens, rural habitats, agrarian structures, landscapes and territories, industrial or military practices are all now full-fledged, expanding fields of investigation. This underlines the importance of an archaeological discourse on those recent times, despite the existence of archives and historical records, and the necessity to engage in dialogue and comparison with all available sources of information.
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The study of Modern archaeology in Metropolitan France. Séverine Hurard, Florence Journot. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436790)