A Model for Heritage Managers at World War II Prisoner of War Camps

Author(s): Allison Young

Year: 2014


The Second World War was a transformative global conflict with lasting impacts for all nations involved. The military operations of the conflict resulted in the capture of thousands of prisoners of war (POWs) by both the Axis and the Allies. The taking of prisoners had major logistical implications for these modern militaries. The prisoners needed to be housed in a secure location for the duration of the conflict. The archaeological investigation of World War II POW camps is an emerging research interest around the world. This paper discusses a research design for heritage managers to employ at these sites based on an investigation at the Indianola POW camp in southwestern Nebraska. This paper synthesizes successful methodologies for data collection and presents an analytical model for assessing these sites based on the Geneva Convention.

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A Model for Heritage Managers at World War II Prisoner of War Camps. Allison Young. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437390)

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PaperId(s): POS-98,12