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Current Trends in Aviation Archaeology

Author(s): Megan Lickliter-Mundon

Year: 2014

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Aviation archaeology as a field of study has struggled for academic, professional, and public acceptance since its beginning. In some ways, this sub-discipline of historical or underwater archaeology mirrors the development of nautical archaeology. As nautical archaeologists overcame the barrier of the oceans and pioneered methodology, the proponents of aviation archaeology are using the discipline to overcome barriers of perception and tradition. The practice of aviation archaeology, however, is fraught with opposing viewpoints and stakeholders often exhibit a non-collaborative attitude towards other groups and sometimes even their own colleagues. These stakeholder groups are each focused on their own priorities, be they theory, methodology, conservation, display, or re-use, and each group is attempting to shape the future of aviation archaeology through their projects or publications. This paper is a critical evaluation of the current state of aviation archaeology, including its recent history, an identification of stakeholders and concerns, a review of trail-blazing projects, trends in practice from academic to amateur, and a few theories of interpretation and display.

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Current Trends in Aviation Archaeology. Megan Lickliter-Mundon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437143)

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