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Battlefield Recovery–Commodifying War

January 11, 2016

And Kate talks about it here

Adventures in History and Archaeology

Over at Conflict Antiquities, my colleague Sam Hardy blogs about a lot of prescient issues to both archaeology and to war and society today.  His latest post is about a show on Channel 5 in Britain, called Battlefield Recovery.  There have been major issues with the morality of this show, the appropriateness of digging up people’s remains and selling their items to the highest bidder.

I’ve never watched the show, but I see tweets and commentary by friends and colleagues whom I trust, so I’m sure I don’t want to watch it.  But I do watch shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars.  Both deal with commodifying “history”, in terms of historical artifacts in the US being worth certain amounts of money.  Seriously, on Pawn Stars, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, people come in to sell a treasured item that their grandfather gave them.  Ostensibly, they say they’re…

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