The Iron Curtain was once noticeable because the divider among East and West in chilly struggle Europe. The time period refers to a cloth fact however it is additionally a metaphor; a metaphor that has develop into so robust that it has a tendency to mark our ancient figuring out of the interval. throughout the archaeological research of 2 components that may be thought of a part of the previous Iron Curtain, the Czech-Austrian border and the Italian-Slovenian border, this study investigates the connection among the cloth and the metaphor of the Iron Curtain. As a research of the archaeology of the modern previous this thesis brings ahead methodological matters whilst facing many alternative assets in addition to normal reflections on our historic knowing.
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An image taken in a single of those rooms in 1988–1990 indicates at the least six bunk beds during this room (Army discussion board web site picture 1) however it is feasible that there have been extra that may no longer be visible at the photograph. a complete of forty infantrymen have been housed right here at anybody time. purely the warriors lived at the premises with officials supplied with homes for them and their households in Vranov nad Dyji (Tomas, 2010, pers. comm. 14th October). determine 86: hall of napping quarters at Hájenka border protect station. Anna McWilliams 2011. Graffiti present in of the dormitories exhibit how the warriors have been counting down the times until eventually they have been to complete their provider. this sort of was once written in English, mentioning ‘I very look ahead to civilian’. Written in one other room was once the advice “burn the officials’ nest”. there's additionally graffiti evaluating time spent on the station as being in prison. The dates within the graffiti point out that most of it was once written in the direction of the ultimate years of the compound’s interval of use in the course of the overdue Nineteen Eighties and Nineties. in a single 164 5: CASE research 2: THE CZECH/AUSTRIAN BORDER dormitory a few form of rating sheet used to be stored among humans from either the Hájenka and the Šafov stations (Figure 87). it isn't transparent what the ratings have been relating however it does exhibit that there has been interplay among different stations. there have been additionally images publish by way of the warriors in different of the rooms, in particular at the again of the doorways. those have been often clippings from papers of half-naked or bare girls yet there have been additionally numbers counting down the times, motion heroes maintaining weapons, in addition to stickers from cigarette and filter out applications. a few makes an attempt to wash up and take away a few of these clippings were made yet many nonetheless stay (Figure 88–89). determine 87: Graffiti of a rating sheet positioned at the wall in a single of the dormitories at Hájenka border protect station. photograph: Anna McWilliams 2011. determine 88: the interior of a cabinet door left leaning opposed to a wall in a hall at Hájenka border safeguard station. photograph: Anna McWilliams 2011. greater rooms have been positioned on the western finish of this development that could were used as communal parts. photos at the military discussion board convey communal parts that have been much less legit that contained secure seats, pool desk and a television and it's most probably the various rooms additionally at Hájenka have been used for rest (Army discussion board site picture 8). Dominik who have been put on the Šafov station as chef in the course of months in November and December 1986 one hundred sixty five AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE IRON CURTAIN confirms that there have been one or rooms for extra unofficial gatherings. He recalls getting permission to observe eco-friendly Ice with Omar Sharif on the station over Christmas. He explains how he observed the movie 5 instances throughout the Christmas days (Dominik, 2010, pers. comm. seventeenth December). on the different finish of this development have been a rainy room with six showers and 6 sinks positioned (Figure 90). adjacent to the bathe room used to be a room with bogs with seven compartments and eight urinals (Figure 91). No area supplied for the non-public or the person and doubtless really cramped from time to time with forty males.