Moving Between Disciplines: Investigations Of Crashed Aircrafts in Archaeology and Forensics
Author(s): Anna V McWilliams
This is an abstract from the session entitled "Strides Towards Standard Methodologies in Aeronautical Archaeology" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.
Aviation archaeology finds itself at the intersection of several disciplines. Although the physical remains may be the focus of our investigations they are accompanied by a myriad of other data such as documents, witness accounts and legal frameworks. Often the border between what is a forensic investigation into an accident and research into historical events is not very clear.
Using examples from crashed aircrafts in Sweden I will talk about the relationship between forensic and archaeological investigations, one performed from a legal perspective, the other from a research horizon. Even if the methods and the aims are similar there are often great differences in the theoretical approaches applied. I will discuss how our backgrounds, our underlying subject cultures and our theoretical perspectives affect the results that we produce, both in a positive and a negative way.
Cite this Record
Moving Between Disciplines: Investigations Of Crashed Aircrafts in Archaeology and Forensics. Anna V McWilliams. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457538)
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
min long: 11.113; min lat: 55.34 ; max long: 24.167; max lat: 69.06 ;
Individual & Institutional Roles
Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology