Last week our colleague Robert de Hoop went to the conference Fields of Conflict in the Mashantucket Pequot Museum (USA) from 26 until 30 September. The conference included aspects of battlefield archaeology, indigenous conflict and diplomacy, military history, health & trauma during times of conflict or as a result of historic preservation. It showcased new perspectives, approaches, and research in conflict archaeology.
Robert gave a presentation on the disappearance of three Dutch warships that sank during the Battle of the Java Sea. Topics were the joint Dutch-Indonesian investigation into the disappearance and the important role that the Maritime Programme plays in this process, different values that warships have for stakeholders and management issues when dealing with warships.
Robert: "It was a very interesting and useful conference in an amazing museum during which I met a lot of new people all dealing with a width variety of research related to conflicts. I hope to share more of our ongoing research in two years at the conference in Edinburgh!"