Curated Ruins and the Endurance of Conflict Heritage

Gabriel Moshenska
2015 Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites  
Architectural ruins created by bombing, artillery, and fire are a common feature of post-conflict urban and extra-urban environments, serving as stark reminders of the material impact of warfare and violence. Over time most of these ruins are either restored, demolished, or reclaimed by nature. This paper examines another, more unusual category: sites that are carefully maintained in a freshly ruined state, suggesting that their destruction was more recent than it actually was. These sites
more » ... often configured as memorials -raise interesting questions about memorialization, conflict heritage, authenticity, ethics, and whether or not there is a 'natural' lifespan or lifecycle for architectural ruins. To illustrate this argument I will draw on case studies of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, and the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane in France.
doi:10.1179/1350503315z.00000000095 fatcat:zvmdvxnxanbsjemxjorfuxhhqm