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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, Praet, E, Townsend, KA and Vince, J ORCID: 0000-0002-4469-7634 2021 , '‘COVID waste’ and social media as method: an archaeology of personal protective equipment and its contribution to policy' , Antiquity, vol. 95, no. 380 , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.15184/aqy.2021.18.

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a viral archive—an archaeological record of history in the making. Oneaspect of this archive is increased environmental pollution, not least through the discarded facemasks andgloves 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 environmentalpollution, 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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Schofield, J and Praet, E and Townsend, KA and Vince, J
Keywords: COVID-19, plastic pollution, personal protective equipment, social media, contemporary archaeology
Journal or Publication Title: Antiquity
Publisher: Antiquity Publ Ltd
ISSN: 0003-598X
DOI / ID Number: 10.15184/aqy.2021.18
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Copyright 2021 the authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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