Graffiti Archaeology

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    Graffiti is an important source of material evidence through which archaeologists can learn about cultural identities and ideas. The tradition of graffiti goes back to ancient Greece and Rome, if not earlier (Baird & Taylor 2010). One of the renowned characteristics of Pompeii and Herculaneum is the wealth of political slogans and bawdy statements that are inscribed on the walls of buildings, both inside and outside (Benefiel 2010; UNESCO 2013). In contemporary societies, graffiti is widely perceived as undesirable and labeled as “vandalism” and often connected with feelings of adrenaline (O’Doherty 2012).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Global Archaeology
    EditorsClaire Smith
    Place of PublicationNew York
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-44190-465-2, 9781441904652
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4419-0426-3, 9781441904263
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Landscape Archaeology
    • Pompeii
    • Style: Its Role in the Archaeology of Art
    • Urban Heritage
    • Graffiti
    • cultural identities


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