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EX NOVO nr. 2 FULLY AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Who Owns the Past? Archaeological Heritage between Idealisation and Destruction The second issue of Ex Novo hosts papers exploring the various ways in which the past is remembered, recovered, created and used. In particular, contributions discuss the role of archaeology in present-day conflict areas and its function as peacekeeping tool or as trigger point for
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Thracology and Nationalism in Bulgaria (Ivan Marinov&Nicolas Zorzin)

Thracology and Nationalism in Bulgaria. Deconstructing Contemporaneous Historical and Archaeological Representations Ivan Marinov* and Nicolas Zorzin** *Université de Montréal, **Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Abstract It is now widely acknowledged that Bulgarian academic discourses of the country’s so-called communist era (1945-1989) were heavily politicized with the aim of nationalizing and ethnicizing the history of the Bulgarian
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Frontiers of Romania (Emily R. Hanscam)

Frontiers of Romania: Nationalism and the Ideological Space of the Roman Limes Emily R. Hanscam Dept. of Archaeology, Durham University Abstract Modern Romania is a nation-state containing space which has long been considered marginal – first as part of the Roman Empire and now within the European Union. The national narrative of Romania highlights this
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The rights of reproducing Cultural Heritage (Augusto Palombini)

The rights of reproducing Cultural Heritage in the digital Era. An Italian Perspective Augusto Palombini CNR – Itabc Abstract The spread of digital technology has led to a renewed phase within the debate on property rights in Cultural Heritage reproduction. This topic is addressed in different ways, but it is currently under discussion both in
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Reconstructing Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones (Nour A. Munawar)

Reconstructing Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones: Should Palmyra be Rebuilt? Nour A. Munawar University of Amsterdam       Abstract Cultural heritage has fallen under the threat of being of damaged and/or erased due to armed conflicts, and destruction has increasingly become a major part of daily news all over the world. The destruction of
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Remembering Beirut (Caroline A. Sandes)

Remembering Beirut: Lessons for Archaeology and (Post-) Conflict Urban Redevelopment in Aleppo Caroline A. Sandes University College London     Abstract The reconstruction of central Beirut after the Lebanese civil war by Solidere is not generally considered a success. It has resulted in a soulless, expensive and exclusive area aimed at tourists and wealthy overseas
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EX NOVO NR.1 - HEADLINE

The Impact of the Fall of Communism on European Heritage edited by M. Gori and V. Higgins, January 2017 The first issue is concerned with quite a challenging topic, that is “The Impact of the Fall of Communism on European Heritage”:  it results from a regular session held at the 2014 Meeting of the European
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Exploring approaches to Italian Early Medieval Archaeology in post communist Europe

In this paper I discuss the impact that the fall of the Berlin Wall and, subsequently, of communism in Europe, and the new socio-political arena that emerged in their aftermath had upon Italian Early Medieval Archaeology. The ultimate aim of this paper is to re-evaluate the latest developments in Italian archaeology from a fresh perspective,
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The trowel and the sickle. Italian archaeology and its Marxist legacy

In the 1945-1960s, the Italian Communist party influenced the development of Italian archaeology given its role as crucial hub of Italian intellectual life. Communism and Marxism influenced the development of the discipline, however following the collapse of the PCI and the resulting downfall of its intellectual tradition archaeology lost its innovative potential. Abstract During the
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Archaeology in the Adriatic. From the Dawn to the Sunset of Communist Ideologies

This paper focuses on the development of archaeology in Albania and Yugoslavia and their relation first to fascism and then to communism and socialist regimes. It is argued that different uses of archaeology are the product of a complex interaction between the development of archaeological discipline and historical, social and cultural trajectories. Abstract Adopting historical
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