Vernacular memorialization in the military:personal acts of remembrance at RAF Thorpe Abbotts

Gregory, Derwin (2020) Vernacular memorialization in the military:personal acts of remembrance at RAF Thorpe Abbotts. Journal of Conflict Archaeology. ISSN 1574-0781

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Abstract

In September 2017, an archaeological excavation at RAF Thorpe Abbotts (also known as Station 139) uncovered 7 identification ‘dog’ tags belonging to airmen of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF). It is the thesis of this article that these were purposefully buried by individuals within the 100th Bomb Group (Heavy) as acts of remembrance. Alongside the dog tags were a number of other artefacts, including coins, bottles, and a canteen cup. These likely formed the material culture of self-developed grieving rituals established by the primary group responsible for the deposition of the dog tags.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: memorialization,remembrance,second world war,united states army air force,commemoration,australia,war,roadside,archaeology,family,memory,shrines,materiality,dead,history,archaeology,archaeology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1202
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 05:09
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2020 00:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/73991
DOI: 10.1080/15740773.2020.1726124

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