Beyond the Dead Horizon

Beyond the Dead Horizon: Studies in Modern Conflict Archaeology


This new and exciting book, edited by Dr Nicholas J. Saunders, presents the reader with 18 collated papers written by students who have studied their Master’s degree and/or undertaken PhD research in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol in modern conflict archaeology. This unique publication explores some of the varied facets of this new interdisciplinary approach which has developed rapidly over the last decade. This is demonstrated by the use of anthropological approaches to modern conflicts, their material culture and their legacies to expand the breadth of investigations beyond the level of more traditional ‘battlefield archaeology’. This collection demonstrates what modern conflict archaeology is and what it is capable of and offers an intellectual home for those not interested in traditional ‘war studies’ or military history, but who respond to the idea of a multidisciplinary approach to all modern conflict

Book cover of Beyond the Dead Horizon

Further Information:

Beyond the Dead Horizon has been published by Oxbow Books (240p, 90 col & b/w illus) and can be ordered via this link:

For the University of Bristol press release regarding the release of this volume of works:

Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference at Bristol

A great many of the ‘Beyond the Dead Horizon’ chapter contributions were made by Bristol students who have previously presented their work at an annual post-graduate Modern Conflict Archaeology day-conference. October 2012 saw the 4th such event to be held at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, which attracted 10 speakers and 45 attendees. Over the day a variety of papers covered multiple intertwining themes covering the archaeological remains of conflict, material culture, landscapes and ideologies over a geographical scope which ranged from Spain to Orkney to Slovenia and the Near East, stopping at many places in between. New technologies and approaches were discussed alongside traditional methods and the future potentials and consequences of studying such recent materials was a hot matter of debate. The day was concluded by our discussant, Wayne Cocroft of English Heritage, and then we all retired to a nearby public house to continue the debate further. We will soon be making plans for the 5th conference in October 2013, for further details, then, please see: