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June 17, 2019

Ok, I’ll start things rolling… on the grounds that everyone is waiting to see who goes first in responding to the HARN Group’s call for “I know what you did this summer…”


I have just returned from visiting University of Beijng, China for three weeks. I gave a lecture at the School of Archaeology and Museum entitled “Pioneering women in archaeology: A very short history (18th to mid-20th century)”.

I worked from research undertaken with Dr Penelope Foreman (Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust) which looks at ‘constellations’ of women in the history of archaeology. Why? We think that the career of a woman in the discipline regardless of the time period likely depends on her personal group, a network of people and contacts. We use the term ‘constellation’ to refer to such a group. Their careers depend on these broader networks, those women generate – ‘constellations’ of pioneers. Such constellations form the core of Archaeology. I discussed the methodology, the software utilised (yes it’s a digital humanities project as well) and I showed some of the networks that are being generated. Since there are 184 people included in the database (84 fields) I was able to posit some observations. The networks of women such as Gertrude Caton-Thompson, Gertrude Bell, Freya Stark, Harriet Boyd Hawes, Margaret Murray, Dorothy Garrod, Hilda Petrie, Tessa Verney Wheeler, Esther Boise Van Deman, and Winnifred Lamb provided food for thought. Given an hour and the long timer period covered I discussed a larger number of women (and men) than listed here, some of the tendencies and observations that are emerging, including our motivations and the material evidence. Both Penelope and I are particularly interested in those women who are not as well-known as Gertrude Bell, Gertrude Caton-Thompson and so on.

Since I was in Beijing, I could sample its archaeology aka ‘touristic stuff’ visiting the Summer Palace, Winter Palace, Beihai Park (which is a public park and former imperial garden located in the northwestern part of the Imperial City, Beijing. The Park was originally built in the 11th century and contains many notable structures, including palaces, and temples). I also visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the National Art Museum of China, Wangfujing and various hutongs including: Nanluoguxiang and Yandai Xiejie. As a newcomer I took many photos. Here’s a photo of the West Gate of Peking University, on my route to campus.




The campus itself is stunning. I naturally visited the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Beijing University. If you want to see more photos check my Instagram account as I’m posting a few of the photos of my time in China there:




What’s next? I’m off in a few months to do some teaching in Iceland!


So who’s next? Looking forward to hearing from everyone, Alicia


Dr. Alicia J. M. Colson FRGS



June 17, 2019



Heidi J. Miller, Middlesex Community College

The history of archaeological research in South and Central Asia are of interest to me, especially how archaeological methods have influenced interpretations. My undergraduate work was done in the Levant, and while Kathleen Kenyon’s role in stratigraphic excavation techniques is well noted there, in South Asia the focus is on REM Wheeler’s methodology. I see a clear difference in past techniques/recording methods in these two regions, and for South Asia, the strong continuation in the present, and influence on political interpretations of today from the so-called teaching of Wheeler. Stuart Piggott’s work on the archaeology of South Asia is also key in this regard. Additionally, I am familiar with the work of Louis Dupree and Walter Fairservis and their research in Afghanistan as well as Baluchistan, a majority of which remains unpublished. What can we learn from revisiting these materials and records (housed in New York and Cambridge MA) and exploring ancient regions and cultures through these archived remnants?


Aimee Genova, University of Chicago

A.M. Genova received her Ph.D. in March 2019 from the University of Chicago’s Department of History for her dissertation titled – “Strategies of Resistance: Cretan Archaeology and Political Networks during the late 19th and early 20th century.” In addition to her tenure as a research fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, she has excavated in the Peloponnese of Greece, as well as Salemi, Sicily for several excavation seasons. Dr. Genova’s current project discusses the relationship between archaeologists, politicians, and cultural intellects during Crete’s unification with Greece in 1913. Particularly, she challenges the way we approach the disciplinary history of Cretan archaeology.

More recently, she researched as a Library Research Fellow at Princeton University through the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies.


Welcome, Heidi and Aimee, and many thanks for joining our community!


I know what you did this summer…

June 10, 2019

Dear Members

Summer is upon us and many of us are off to the field, to the archive, the collections storage and countless other places to conduct research or work. A few lucky ones are surely also off on holiday!

We would like to know what you are doing, seeing, researching, excavating and last, but not least, enjoying. We are therefore asking for your submissions for our blog and we’d like to keep the brief as wide open as possible. In up to 5000 words tell us about your research trip, fieldwork or museum visit. We’d even like to hear about your holidays if you are taking in some archaeological history!

Blogs will be posted in the order of their submission, and there is no deadline. We would also encourage you to submit (properly sourced and credited) pictures to illustrate your work.

Please share this call with your friends, students and colleagues. Membership is not a prerequisite (but of course encouraged).

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all an enjoyable summer!

Your administrators

Seminar: “Towards interdisciplinarity”, Barcelona, 15 June

June 4, 2019

We are glad to inform you that we are organizing the seminar “Towards interdisciplinarity. A historical analysis of the transfer of knowledge and techniques between disciplines (19th and 20th centuries)” which will take place on 15 June 2019, at the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona, Spain.

The seminar is organized within the Inter-Arq Project (“Archaeology and interdisciplinarity: archaeological and historical re research on interdisciplinarity in the History of archaeology (19th and 20th centuries)”) led by Prof. Margarita Díaz-Andreu. The project aims to analyse interdisciplinary relationships between archaeology and other branches of knowledge over the last two centuries.

Several members of HARN will attend the seminar and present papers. Among them we mention Ana Cristina Martins, Lucila Mallart, Tim Murray, Nathan Schanger, Alessandro Guidi, Laura Coltofean and Margarita Díaz-Andreu.

The programme and poster of the seminar can be accessed here:

For more information about the Inter-Arq Project, please see


Best wishes,

Laura Coltofean and Margarita Díaz-Andreu, HARN members

Workshop: Beyond the Binary Researchers’

May 7, 2019

We invite researchers from all disciplines as well as museum and heritage professionals for an exclusive inside-look into the museum’s new Beyond the Binary project. Alongside the project team and TORCH’s Queer Studies Network, participants will have the chance to examine objects in the museum’s collection that spark important conversations around global LGBTQ+ cultures and museum methodologies. We will be exploring different approaches to interpreting these objects, including phenomenological practices and public engagement. Additionally, the session will provide opportunities for participants to be directly involved in and/or help shape this vital and innovative project, which centres collaboration with the LGBTQ+ community. We will look at the different ways existing museum and heritage collections can be re-interpreted through a queer lens to tell old and new stories alike as well as thinking about how current and future collecting practices can be shaped to preserve both tangible and intangible queer heritage for future generations.

The venue has step-free access but if you have any further requirements please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Lunch will be provided with vegan and gluten free options available. Please do let us know if you have any allergies.

Email if you would like further information.

Visit for more info and follow the project team on Twitter: @BeyondBinaryPRM

Date & venue: 10am – 1pm, 30 May, Research Space, Pitt Rivers Museum

Link for registration:


April 26, 2019



Craig Barker, Sydney University

Craig Barker is the Manager of Education and Public Programs at Sydney University Museums including the archaeological collections of the Nicholson Museum. He has a PhD in Classical Archaeology and has excavated in Australia, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. Craig is the Director of the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project which is excavating the World Heritage listed Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Paphos in Cyprus under the auspices of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus. He is also involved with the Classical Heritage and the Story of Sydney project.
Among his research interest are the history of Australian archaeological research in Cyprus and also of the 19th and 20th century movement of Mediterranean antiquities to Australia, including Australian museum collections.


Caitlin R. O’Grady, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Trained as a conservator and conservation scientist, Dr. Caitlin R. O’Grady is a lecturer in conservation at University College London – Institute of Archaeology, where she teaches in the MA and MSc conservation programmes. She directs artefact/architecture conservation for the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project in western Turkey and has worked on numerous excavation projects in Albania, Guatemala, Peru, Turkey and the United States. Caitlin’s research interests include the history of conservation and conservation science, as well as their development as recognized university disciplines and relationship to archaeology. Further, she specializes in the analysis of historic restoration materials, lime plaster wall paintings and ceramics; as well as the conservation of inorganic materials. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, and, is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Welcome, Caitlin and Craig, and many thanks for joining our community!




March 27, 2019

At the beginning of this month, the 1st March (also St David’s Day), some wonderful people ended their activity as administrators of the Histories of Archaeology Research Network. These are Ulf Hansson, James Snead, Julia Roberts and Kate Sheppard MacDonald. Three of them (Kate, Julia and Ulf) were administrators when I joined; James came on board later and has also been a good colleague.

I feel that it is most important that we acknowledge the support of these individuals, for without them the Network would be far from the successful research network that we, as a new group of administrators and members, have inherited. To Julia, I say thank you for inviting me to join and become an administrator in the very first place. To all of you, I say thank you for accepting me as both colleague and friend. Without all of your good sense and counsel, the Network would be in a far lesser position than it is now. In recent years we have had successful conferences, workshops, ‘conshops’, and even related publications. Without the drive of these four, this would not have happened, and I very much hope that this progress will be carried forward by we “new band of brothers [and sisters]”. Likewise, I hope that our departing administrators will keep in touch, maintain a presence in the group, and especially keep making a contribution. To the four of you I say a heartfelt thanks.