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Conflicting Memory: The Use of Conflict Archaeology Sites as Training for Operational Troops

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The many facets of conflict archaeology can not only illustrate the important uppermost layers of the cultural heritage palimpsest, but also provide a useful training resource for troops - imbued as they are with ethos for participants. From the remnants of crashed aircraft, to sites of major battles. Training features aim to replicate what soldiers face on foreign battlefields and, as consequence, the older training estates hold remnants of historic training features and equipment that are themselves now historic monuments. Appreciation of archaeological features which are related to conflict are widespread within the military. When giving tours of conflict archaeology sites to military staff it is crucial to highlight interrelationships with other layers of the cultural heritage palimpsest. This enhances the understanding and hopefully the protection of these sites in training areas used by troops and thus potentially to sites in theatre.

Keywords:archaeological features; Conflict Archaeology Sites; cultural heritage; foreign battlefields; historic monuments; operational troops



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