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From the battlefield to the labour camp: archaeology of civil war and dictatorship in Spain

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Alfredo González-Ruibal*
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Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), San Roque 2, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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The author explores responses to political violence through the materiality of three aspects of the Civil War in Spain: military lines in the battle for Madrid, a concentration camp in Extremadura and a remote settlement of forced labourers and their families. He shows how archaeology's revelations reflect, qualify and enrich the story of human survival under the pall cast by a dictatorship. Sharing the inquiry with the public of today also revealed some of the disquieting mechanisms by which history is composed and how archaeology can be used to deconstruct it.

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