By Anna McWilliams

The Iron Curtain used to be obvious because the divider among East and West in chilly warfare Europe. The time period refers to a cloth truth however it is additionally a metaphor; a metaphor that has turn into so strong that it has a tendency to mark our historic realizing of the interval. during the archaeological learn 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 of what's often known as modern archaeology, a pretty younger sub-discipline of archaeology. Few huge examine initiatives have to this point been released, and strategies were defined as nonetheless a bit experimental. during the fieldwork it's been attainable to recognize and spotlight the issues and possibilities inside modern archaeology. It has develop into transparent how the fabrics stretch either via time and position demonstrating the advanced strategy of how the cloth that archaeologists examine may be created.”

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The north, west and south sides of West Berlin had been closed since 1952 and it was now time to close the border to the east, the section of the inner city of Berlin. m. troops moved into position to guard the eastern border and the construction work. Traffic was stopped, as were over- and underground trains that crossed the border. When the Wall was up and serving its purpose, it was to cut through 192 streets and crossing could now only take place through 14 official crossing points (Rottman 2008).

Although I did not carry out fieldwork to the same extent as the two other studies I was able to get a good understanding of the history and the changing fabric also of this border. The Inner German Border, especially the Berlin Wall, is highly important for the understanding of what the Iron Curtain was, or still is, and the fact that I did not carry out a study to the same amount of detail here does not suggest I find it less important. In the study of the German-German border I was also able to rely on the fairly extensive research that has already been carried out here, including archaeological studies of the Berlin Wall.

I didn’t ask for sunshine and I got a world war three. I’m looking over the wall and they’re looking at me…” in ‘Holidays in the Sun’ and in America the country and western singer Reba McEntire claimed: “…we have no curtain, made of iron or stone, we are not divided by a wall” in her song ‘Let the Music Lift you up’. Many film posters and book covers, especially for the then increasingly popular spy novels, depict the Iron Curtain and often the Berlin Wall such as John Le Carré’s The spy who came in from the cold in which the Berlin Wall is described: Before them was a strip of thirty yards.

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