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

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.
Paru le 16 mars 2021

John Schofield, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

Estelle Praet, CReA-Patrimoine, Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences Sociales, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

Kathy A. Townsend, School of Science, Technology and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Joanna VinceSchool of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania, Australia-

Cambridge University Press