Dr Peter Hobbins (USYD)
The concrete remains of empire: emplacing history in coastal fortifications
Abandoned coastal fortifications are a common archaeological feature that unite almost all former British colonies. Too vast to demolish and too specialised to repurpose, they remain a concrete manifestation of Britain’s massive investment in imperial defence. Emplaced in the littoral landscape, these highly localised structures were erected to deploy standardised military technologies and tactics. Yet for an empire exquisitely reliant on maritime trade and naval power, coastal fortifications embody a fundamental contradiction at the heart of imperial geopolitics. Focusing on examples along the NSW coast, this presentation asks how we might interpret the archaeology of coastal fortifications in a global historical context.
Frida 23 October 2020
Online on Zoom
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