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Publish and be damned!

September 25, 2015

Although, if Wellington were alive today and an academic I suspect he’d have said ‘Publish or be damned’. Not that HARN folk need to worry: most weeks I get an email about new publications, publications relating to whatever I’ve blogged about, forthcoming publications etc. This week Helen has sent me a copy of an article she and Martyn have recently published in the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, entitled Concrete Prehistories: The Making of Megalithic Modernism. I’d hoped to have read this by today but life, as ever, has got in the way of my plans. From the abstract (and the few initial pages I was allowed to read before being distracted by children/chickens/my mother/the cats/shiny paper) it looks hugely interesting:

After water, concrete is the most consumed substance on earth. Every year enough cement is produced to manufacture around six billion cubic metres of concrete (Ulm 2006, 218). This paper investigates how concrete has been built into the construction of modern prehistories. We present an archaeology of concrete in the prehistoric landscapes of Stonehenge and Avebury, where concrete is a major component of megalithic sites restored between 1901 and 1964. We explore how concreting changed between 1901 and the Second World War, and the implications of this for constructions of prehistory. We discuss the role of concrete in debates surrounding restoration, analyse the semiotics of concrete equivalents for the megaliths, and investigate the significance of concreting to interpretations of prehistoric building. A technology that mixes ancient and modern, concrete helped build the modern archaeological imagination.

Meanwhile Margarita has sent us notification of her chapter in the festschrift for Ève Gran-Aymerich:

Le 5 mars 1962, une émission de radio de la BBC Network Three intitulée The Archaeologist (L’archéologue) et produite par John Irving rendait hommage à l’abbé Henri Breuil, décédé peu de temps auparavant. Il y est décrit comme le doyen de l’archéologie préhistorique et le plus grand expert en cet art, en particulier de l’époque paléolithique. Les invités de cette émission étaient Mary Boyle, Dorothy Garrod, Miles Burkitt, Kenneth Oakley et Henry Field, le médiateur étant Glyn Daniel. À l’exception de ce dernier, qui travaillait au musée Peabody de Harvard, les autres invités étaient britanniques. Les trois premiers ont en commun d’avoir été accueillis par l’abbé Breuil à un moment important de leur formation professionnelle et le quatrième, même s’il était plus jeune que les autres, avait passé une trentaine d’années aux côtés du maître. Henry Field avait lui aussi rencontré Henri Breuil à Oxford en 1926 et, comme les autres, lorsqu’il lui fit part de son désir d’apprendre la Préhistoire, il reçut une invitation pour accompagner l’abbé dans ses recherches Les quatre Britanniques ont tous connu son appartement de Paris, les cendriers pleins à ras bord et l’amoncellement de livres, et ils pouvaient raconter de nombreuses anecdotes sur lui. Ce que n’analysait pas l’émission de radio, c’est la nature des relations entre deux des invités et le préhistorien, ainsi que les répercussions de ces relations sur les connaissances en archéologie préhistorique. L’objectif premier de cet article est donc de présenter l’enseignement que Burkitt, Boyle et Garrod ont reçu de Breuil, ainsi que les conséquences de cet enseignement sur le développement en Grande- Bretagne de la discipline, en particulier pour l’époque paléolithique. Avec cet exemple, nous souhaitons proposer une réflexion plus générale sur la façon dont certaines circonstances permettent à certaines théories et démarches scientifiques d’être perçues positivement et même d’être entièrement acceptées par d’autres membres de la communauté scientifique, y compris à l’échelle internationale.

(The full article can be found here: Díaz-Andreu, M. 2015. Les théories voyageuses: l’accueil britannique réservé aux connaissances sur le paléolithique nées en France au cours de la première moitié du XXe siècle. In Fenet, A. and Lubtchansky, N. (eds.), Pour une histoire de l’archéologie XVIIIe siècle-1945. Mélanges offerts par ses collègues et amis à Ève Gran-Aymerich, Paris.  Ausonius Scripta Receptoria 5. Bordeaux, Ausonius: 281-299.)

Now, as you may have noticed, HARN is steadily growing and so the number of publications produced is also growing. This is wonderful, obviously, and we do want you to carry on sending us information about your publications. However, because blogging about them and adding them to the ‘member’s publications’ bar on the right keeps getting pushed to the bottom of my to-do list, Jon has volunteered to be our new Publications Guru/Tsar/Chief. From November Jon will take over everything publication related and will undoubtedly make a much better job of it than my lame efforts – he can speak several languages, I struggle to speak my own. So, come November do bombard him with information about your past and forthcoming publications (please don’t do this before November, he has a PhD to finish). In the meantime I’ll attempt to hide the chaos get things a bit more updated and sorted for him. Continue to send me offprints or notices of a publication and I’ll try to blog about them and add them to the list, but if I don’t manage to do this Jon will be on the case from November.

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend

Julia

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Monica Barnes permalink
    September 28, 2015 3:47 pm

    Well, Julia, you did ask. Attached is my latest. By some odd coincidence it appeared in Perspectives on the Inca, Tribus Sonderband/Special Edition, Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, edited by Monica Barnes, Inés de Castro, Javier Flores Espinoza, Doris Kurella, and Karoline Noack (2015). Other articles in the book relevant to the histories of archaeology are “Buscando un Inca de aquí y de allá. Los incas de nuestro tiempo, Alemania y Lima, Perú by Karoline Noack; Collecting Inca Antiquities. Antiquarianism and the Inca Past in 19th Century Cusco by Stefanie Gänger; and The Inca Collection at the Ethnologische Museum Berlin. Genesis and Contexts by Manuela Fisher.

    Back to my knitting,

    Monica

    • harngroup permalink*
      September 28, 2015 7:09 pm

      Thank you! I shall add it to the list – or at least I’ll mean to add it to the list, who knows what will actually happen since I’ve been interrupted 3 times just writing this sentence. Grrrr.
      And, Monica – when no-one else is looking we must talk knitting 🙂
      Julia

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