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Trends and Challenges in Research on Excavation of the Korean War Fallen - Focusing on Historical Records and Fields -

  • military history
  • 2024, (130), pp.145-185
  • Publisher : Military History Institute, MND
  • Research Area : Humanities > History
  • Received : January 7, 2024
  • Accepted : February 22, 2024
  • Published : March 15, 2024

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ABSTRACT

This article summarized research trends on excavation of the Korean War Fallen since the 2000s. Although the most of this study was done within the category of Korean contemporary history, it also covered a number of recent works in adjacent fields such as anthropology and archaeology, due to the nature of the topic. The early research of the topic had begun by anthropologists; they viewed the subject as a major symbol of establishing the relationship between the state and civil society, while seeing it as an example of the people's sense of social belonging as well. They had also emphasized the need for various approaches in terms of historical as well as anthropological knowledge for in-depth research. As the above prior research pointed out the lack of historical records on the "dead" of the Korean War, researchers on Korean contemporary history are discovering overseas records, while internally diversifying the scope of records and value them through comparison and review with existing studies. Korean archaeology has also tried to reconstruct human cultural behavior and uncover the past history of society through human death. The researchers who judged not only the past but also modern & contemporary processes as an area to be dealt with in archaeology are trying to apply archaeological research methodology, while also studyingfromtheperspectiveof"ModernandContemporaryArchaeology", based on the concept of overseas industrial archaeology. As research achievements were accumulated around 2020, the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, such as the excavation being expanded to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), some notable studies were submitted and the study itself began to be diversified. At this point of passing through the 70th anniversary of the Cease-fire, various studies on the subject help us to truly understand the Korean War by reviewing our attitude toward the deaths that inevitably accompany the war.

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