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Exhuming Loss

Memory, Materiality and Mass Graves of the Spanish Civil War

Layla Renshaw



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Left Coast Press Inc
15 August 2011
This book examines the contested representations of those murdered during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s in two small rural communities as they undergo the experience of exhumation, identification, and reburial from nearby mass graves. Based on interviews with relatives of the dead, community members and forensic archaeologists, it pays close attention to the role of excavated objects and images in breaking the pact of silence that surrounded the memory of these painful events for decades afterward. It also assesses the significance of archaeological and forensic practices in changing relationships between the living and dead. The exposure of graves has opened up a discursive space in Spanish society for multiple representations to be made of the war dead and of Spain's traumatic past.
By:   Layla Renshaw
Imprint:   Left Coast Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9781611320411
ISBN 10:   1611320410
Series:   UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series
Pages:   260
Publication Date:   15 August 2011
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Layla Renshaw is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at Kingston University, UK, where she teaches forensic archaeology and anthropology. She has a PhD in anthropology from University College London. Her research interests include post-conflict investigations and representations of the traumatic past, the political and theoretical significance of forensic archaeology, and its representation in the media.

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