The Ruins of Trams at Depot No. 5 in Wrocław, Poland
This paper is a case study of the trams now kept at Depot No. 5 at Legnicka 65 in Wrocław, Poland. The site provides a context for exploring two core issues around archaeological approaches to the contemporary past. The ﬁrst is how materiality and immateriality are deeply interwoven in the context of modern heritage sites, with the overlap providing the grounds for discussion on the material theology of modern ruins. The second is the consequences of seeing modern ruins as heritage sites worth pre-serving for future generations. The conclusion of this paper is that if heritage is to be saved, it should be saved ﬁrst of all from its saviours.
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