• Undead Divides: An Archaeology of Walls in The Walking Dead

    Author(s):
    Howard Williams (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Archaeology, Early Medieval
    Subject(s):
    Zombie films, Archaeology, Fiction, Landscape
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    zombies, walled communities, apocalypse
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/fga7-dg47
    Abstract:
    In 2010, the zombie horror genre gained even greater popularity than the huge following it had previously enjoyed when AMC’s The Walking Dead (TWD) first aired. The chapter surveys the archaeology of this fictional post-apocalyptic material world in the show’s seasons 1–9, focusing on its mural practices and environments which draw upon ancient, biblical, medieval and colonial motifs. The study identifies the moralities and socialities of wall-building, dividing not only survivors aspiring to re-found civilization from the wilderness and manifesting the distinctive identities of each mural community, but also distinguishing the living from the undead. The roles of the dead and the undead in mural iterations are also explored. As such, dimensions of past and present wall-building practices are reflected and inverted in this fictional world. As part of a broader ‘archaeology of The Walking Dead’, the chapter identifies the potentials of exploring the show’s physical barriers within the context of the public archaeology of frontiers and borderlands.
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