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Title: Landscape, memory and secrecy : the Cold War archaeology of the Royal Observer Corps
Author: Clarke, Robert
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2016
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This project covers the development of a model framework intended to allow researchers of the archaeology of the Cold War to recognise a range of behaviours played out on military sites. The order and chaos model developed and utilised in this thesis introduces a heterotopian landscape populated by the Royal Observer Corps. Through a process of archaeological fieldwork a number of behavioural traits are recognised and discussed here for the first time. The group in question is fully researched, providing a historiography of the practice played out during the groups life-cycle. The landscape archaeology is discussed and contextualised by narration from the volunteers who once operated the posts. A range of case studies are introduced confirming the validity of the order and chaos model and potential for application elsewhere. Finally, the findings are discussed in detail and a proposal for the next step in the research are revealed.
Supervisor: Creighton, Oliver Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Cold War ; Military ; Volunteer ; Abandonment ; Landscape ; Royal Observer Corps ; Material Culture ; Contemporary Archaeology ; 20th Century Archaeology ; Conflict Archaeology ; Foucault