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Let Me Google That For You

February 9, 2016

I am a Google devotee, good to know I can admit it publicly!

Adventures in History and Archaeology

I’ve been absent for a while, mainly getting my tenure dossier ready (yikes!!) while getting used to teaching again after a semester off for research.  I’m also trying to keep the research momentum going that I built up while on research leave.  It’s hard to do all of that, but it seems to be going well.  I have some planned blog posts coming up–including my first guest post!–but I wanted to talk about Google and its usefulness in our research.  I have some questions for you, and I would like your candid answers if you wouldn’t mind.

Do you use Google for research?  If so, is it your first place you go?  How do you use it?  To find scholars?  Books?  Articles?  When do you visit Google?  At the start of a new project?  When you get stuck in all the traditional places such as the library, JSTOR, OCLC, or…

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Professor T.G.E. (Terence) Powell

February 8, 2016

Dear HARN members, we’ve had another request for information. James Eogan of TII is looking for information about Terence Powell. James writes:

I am writing in the hope that members of the History of Archaeology Research Network, might  be able to assist me in getting some information on T.G.E. (Terence)  Powell (1916 – 1975) who took the Cambridge Tripos in 1937 and was awarded an MA in 1940. He was a student at Jesus College. He was appointed senior lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology in the University of Liverpool in 1948 and ended his career there as professor.

 My interest stems from  the fact that I am based in county Waterford, Ireland. Powell  carried out fieldwork, including excavating two megalithic tombs, in   the county in the late 1930s. Powell is therefore one of the  county’s archaeological ‘pioneers’ I am gathering information on him and his work here.

 Any information on Powell’s Irish excavations that members of the Network might have would be gratefully received. In particular I am hoping to source photograph of him  in the late ‘30s during his Cambridge (and Waterford) years, he would have been a contemporary of  Glyn Daniel and Shephard Frere among others.

If you can help James that would be wonderful, he can be contacted at james dot eogan at tii dot ie – just take out the spaces and replace the dots etc. Why am I telling you this? You know what to do!

Thank you, Julia

Edith Guest

February 5, 2016

Calling all HARN members!

We’ve had an enquiry from Ana Avila Melo who is the curator of the archives of Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Museum of Archaeology, Lisbon) and the editor of the archaeology journal “O Arqueologo Portugues”. Ana says:

Last year I was helping a an archaeologist who was doing some research on the megalithic studies in Portugal during the the thirties of the 20th century, and we found documents about an english woman who excavated a megalithic tomb in Portugal. On the back of the photo was written only “Guest” we couldn’t understand if she was invited or if it was the name. The mystery was solved when I managed to link her to Margaret Murray and the Cambridge team who went to Minorca in the thirties. Our idea is to publish a paper on the subject because these two issues – women in archaeology, and the european archaeological network before the the war is not very well known. The problem is that it is very difficult for us to find information on Edith Guest biography and work. If you can help me, it’s wonderful. 
Thanks a lot,
Ana Avila Melo
So, can we help Ana? If you can then either comment below and I’ll pass it on, or you can email her directly – just follow the link
Have a great weekend


February 4, 2016

Monica has pointed out that the last post wan’t exactly clear. Let me explain*. The Global Histories of Archaeologists in the Field isn’t the HARN 2016 conference. It’s being run by a HARN member, Sophie Brockmann, but it’s not the HARNConference. Does that make sense?

We are organising HARN 2016, as I type emails are pinging backwards and forwards between Ulf, Jon, Kate and myself and as soon as we’ve fine tuned the details I’ll let you know. Promise.

*Anyone else having a Princess Bride moment?


February 4, 2016

This one-day conference will bring together histories of archaeological field practices from different regions of the world. Submissions are invited from researchers working on the history of archaeological field work anywhere in the world between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. While the main focus of the conference is on historical dimensions of archaeology, proposals from anthropologists and sociologists of science working on connected contemporary issues are also invited.

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
– the relationship between archaeologists and local communities
– the use of other disciplines and traditions, e.g. natural history or military mapping, in creating archaeological field practices
– the development of tools for documenting field sites
– the influence of field practices on collecting and display strategies
– global cross-fertilisation: the influence of narratives from other archaeological sites on field work
– transnational histories; archaeological fieldwork in the context of colonialism, ‘informal imperialism’ or post-colonial discourse

The conference will be held at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Senate House in London. One of the aims of the conference is to foster a global approach to the history of archaeology and bring the history of Latin American archaeology into dialogue with the histories of archaeology in other regions.

Please submit abstracts (max 300 words) and a short (a sentence or two) description of your academic affiliation and disciplinary background to Sophie Brockmann ( While we are unfortunately unable to offer assistance with travel or accommodation costs, conference registration will be free for speakers.

New Publication

February 3, 2016

HARN member Raffaella Bucolo has sent us notice of her latest publication:

Margarete Gütschow. Biografia e studi di un’archeologa (Supplementi e Monografie della Rivista Archeologia Classica, 13), L’Erma di Bretschneider, Roma 2015.
ISBN: 978-88-913-0919-8
Rafaella talked about the German archaeologist, Margarete Gütschow, at the 2015 HARN Conference


Raffaella Bucolo @ HARN2015

Everyone who was there will know that Margarete was a fascinating character and Raffaella’s presentation was excellent. I’m sure this book will be of great interest to many of our members. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to wait for it to be translated, sadly I don’t speak Italian.

Personal Histories Project

February 3, 2016

The Personal Histories Project announces our film in honour of our
colleague, the late Dora Kemp.

“An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
recorded on its 25th Anniversary”


With Colin Renfrew, Anthony Snodgrass, Paul Mellars, Peter Forster,
Jenny Doole, Chris Scarre, Martin Jones, Graeme Barker, Cyprian
Broodbank and Kate Pretty

We hope you enjoy this film!

Good wishes from our volunteer team, Lucy, James, Helen, Richelle,
Gabrielle, Tansy and Pamela

The Personal Histories Project is funded by small grants from the School
of the Humanities and Social Science, the Thriplow Charitable Trust,
CUSU and the McDonald Institute


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