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‘COVID waste’ and social media as method: an archaeology of personal protective equipment and its contribution to policy

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Schofield, J and Praet, E and Townsend, KA and Vince, J, COVID waste' and social media as method: an archaeology of personal protective equipment and its contribution to policy, Antiquity, 95, (380) pp. 435-449. ISSN 0003-598X (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.15184/aqy.2021.18

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a viral archive—an archaeological record of history in the making. One aspect of this archive is increased environmental pollution, not least through the discarded facemasks and gloves that characterise the pandemic. This article—directed specifically at archaeologists—argues that an archaeological perspective on ‘COVID waste’ using social media analysis can help to highlight environmental pollution, and that by giving this waste the status of archaeological material and working with other disciplines, archaeologists can contribute to sustainable, policy-led solutions to combat environmental pollution.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19, plastic pollution, personal protective equipment, social media, contemporary archaeology
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Archaeology
Research Field:Archaeological science
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Dr Joanna Vince)
ID Code:143446
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-03-17
Last Modified:2021-10-28
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