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November 9, 2015


DAN HICKS ( Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Dan Hicks is Associate Professor and Curator of Archaeology at the School of Archaeology/Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Among various other things, his research interests include the history of archaeological collections, archaeological fieldwork and archaeological ideas in Britain (early modern to contemporary). Current work on the history of archaeology includes the archaeology of Augustus Pitt-Rivers, the history of post-war rescue archaeology, and the connections between archaeology and photography, past and present.

ANNA REEVE ( University of Leeds

I am a PhD student in Classics at the University of Leeds, funded by the AHRC via the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH). My research centres on ancient Cypriot collections in the Yorkshire area, and their reception from the late 19th century onwards. In particular, I am investigating the Leeds City Museum’s ancient Cypriot collection, and the roles of the collectors, excavators, antiquarians and curators who brought the objects to Leeds and interpreted them for local audiences. My interests include the early history of archaeology on Cyprus, and exploring the connections between people and material culture through object biography

BELA SANTA ( University of Liverpool

I am a part-time PhD student at the University of Liverpool. My research interest is 19th-century Hungarian archaeology and my PhD research focuses on how systematic archaeological research in Hungary began and evolved in the late 19th century and to what extent, if at all, it was influenced by western, especially German, scholarship in terms of archaeological interpretation and research agenda. I am interested in how ‘romanisation’ was interpreted by Hungarian scholars and whether German ideas of ‘cultural change’ made their way into Hungarian research as they did into British scholarship. As a side project, I am currently looking at the work of Zsófia Torma (1832-1899), who was one of the first female scholars to carry out archaeological excavations. Although her achievements were remarkable, her work was largely belittled in Hungary, simply because she was a woman. She found more appreciation abroad and her correspondence with Romano-British scholar Francis Haverfield (1860-1919) and British Assyriologist Archibald Sayce (1845-1933) shed light on professional relationships of respect and genuine interest sorely missing in Hungary.

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