By Ailsa Parkin

Archaeologies of Totalitarianism, Authoritarianism, and Repression: Dark Modernities. Edited by James Symonds and Pavel Vařeka. 2020. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-46683-1

An intriguing conversation about their experiences of growing up and studying archaeology on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain provides James Symonds and Pavel Vařeka with the point of departure (Chapter 1) for their edited volume on “archaeologies of totalitarianism, authoritarianism and repression”. A reflection on how their own lives and attitudes have been shaped by the Cold War and a commitment to uncover the traces of violence and repression that totalitarian regimes have inflicted on millions of people …read more      

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