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By Anna McWilliams

The Iron Curtain used to be obvious because the divider among East and West in chilly struggle Europe. The time period refers to a cloth truth however it is usually a metaphor; a metaphor that has develop into so robust that it has a tendency to mark our old realizing of the interval. during the archaeological examine of 3 components that may be thought of a part of the previous Iron Curtain, the Czech-Austrian border, the Italian-Slovenian border and the Berlin Wall, this examine investigates the connection among the fabric and the metaphor of the Iron Curtain.

“This paintings falls inside what's frequently often called modern archaeology, a pretty younger sub-discipline of archaeology. Few huge study initiatives have to this point been released, and techniques were defined as nonetheless a little bit experimental. throughout the fieldwork it's been attainable to recognize and spotlight the issues and possibilities inside of modern archaeology. It has develop into transparent how the fabrics stretch either via time and position demonstrating the advanced technique of how the fabric that archaeologists examine may be created.”

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So dominant have these objects become in connection with the Cold War that now, without any real discussion of why they were chosen in this exhibit, they can stand here as a representation the whole of the Cold War. If this was an advertising campaign someone would be very proud of the product marketing achieved. 41 AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE IRON CURTAIN The image of the Berlin Wall today In an article about the Berlin Wall and the traces that remain in the landscape today, conservation architect Leo Schmidt explains how the remains of the Berlin Wall today often do not meet the tourists’ expectations, “There are no situations left in Berlin today that resemble the old press photographs of the Wall and watchtower type, therefore the authentic remnants present a challenge to the tourists’ ability to review their memory and the perception and to modify them by new insights” (Schmidt 2005:16).

When I interview Nina in London, where she now lives, some of her clearest memories of the wall relates to the Friedrichstraße Station and the Palace of Tears. This was the place where she used to help people escape over from East to West Berlin. She was a student in Berlin during in the early 1960s and through the university she got involved in helping people cross the border. “I was given some passports that I needed to smuggle over to East Berlin and then give them to those who were trying to escape”, she tells me.

In her study of how former East Germans define East and West, Ethnologist Sofi Gerber (2011) suggests that ostalgi is not necessarily about nostalgia as it does not automatically refer to a longing to a ‘better past’. In her interviews with former East Germans she has instead seen a sense of loss that the country they once lived in and nearly all physical objects related to this disappeared as many East German products and objects quickly became exchanged for West German ones after the unification.

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