James Doeser (UCL Institute of Archaeology): Paradox and Antiquitiy: The History of Archaeology and Government
22 January 2014, 5.15-6.15 pm, Room 612, Institute of Archaeology
Sarah Longair (The British Museum): Tackling ‘the problems of an isolated overseas museum’: professional networks and curatorial challenges in the Zanzibar Museum, 1935-1942
12 February 2014, 5.15-6.15pm, Room TBC, Institute of Archaeology.
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Please welcome Reuben Thorpe (email@example.com) to our network. He writes:
I am currently in my final year of my PhD at UCL having come to it somewhat late after 25 years working as a field archaeologist in the UK and overseas. My interest in the history of archaeology derives from a career long interest in the genesis of and epistemological justifications of approaches to archaeological stratigraphy, particularly the contingent definitions of what constitutes the study of archaeological stratigraphy. This career long interest will be reflected in a substantial part of my thesis which is entitled “Urban formation and transformation: Perspectives on social and stratigraphic complexity from Roman urban centres”. I am looking at tracing the origins and tracking the development of nuanced understandings of the requirements of complex archaeological stratigraphy. I have touched on the use of a partial understanding of archaeological techniques based on poor historiography in a recent piece (R. Thorpe 2012. ‘Often Fun, Usually Messy: Fieldwork, Recording and Higher Orders of Things´, in H. Cobb et al (eds.) Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork. Exploring on-site relationships between theory and practice, 31-52. Springer) but also on similar issues at recent TAG conferences in 2007 and 2010.
Please also welcome Dmytro Teslenko (Dmytro.L.Teslenko@gmail.com ) to our network. He writes:
PhD (candidate of science) since 1999 at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University in Kiev. From 2006 I have been working on the history of archaeology on two main directions: Archaeological researches in Ukraine under the Nazi occupation (1941-1944) and Historiography of the Early Bronze age archaeology of Northern Pontic area.
Welcome and thank you for joining our community!
Pamela Jane Smith’s short article on Miles Burkitt (The roots of an intellectual empire: Miles Burkitt, “knowledge travel” and archaeology in early twentieth-century Europe), which is dedicated to the memory of her husband Thurstan Shaw (1914-2013), is now available in the Antiquity Project Gallery (Antiquity vol. 87 issue 338 December 2013).
Dr Debbie Challis (University College London): Skull Triangles: Flinders Petrie, Craniometry and Race
25 November 2013, 17:00 – 19:00 CRASSH, University of Cambridge, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
This paper takes as it’s starting point a ‘Diagram of Climate and Race’ published by the archaeologist Flinders Petrie in the anthropological journal Man in 1902. I will consider Petrie’s assumptions around race and skull dimensions inherent in the diagram and how this relates to his work at this time. The graph will be places in context of the rise of statistical thinking and connections with ideas about evolutionary development. I then link these ideas to the collection of skulls by Petrie for Karl Pearson and what became the National Eugenics Laboratory at University College London. I finish with the use by ‘computers’ at UCL of skulls from the predynastic site of Naqada to establish the importance of craniometry in biometrics.
Discussant: Dr Kate Nichols (CRASSH, University of Cambridge). Open to all, no registration required
The November 2013 issue of the Newsletter of the SAA History of Archaeology Interest Group can be found here!
Francis Pryor, MBE, FSA, is an English archaeologist specialising in the study of the Bronze and Iron Ages in Britain. He is best known for his discovery and excavation of Flag Fen, a famous Bronze Age archaeological site near Peterborough, UK, as well as for his frequent appearances on the popular UK television series Time Team. He is a very entertaining speaker. All welcome!