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The Histories of Archaeology Research Network, HARN, was founded in 2008 by Pamela Jane Smith and its present admin group consists of Ulf R. Hansson, Clare Lewis, Julia Roberts, Kathleen Sheppard MacDonald, James Snead and Jonathan Trigg, and Pamela Jane Smith. HARN is an inter-university and interdisciplinary e-mail network which provides an overarching, cross-institutional structure to promote communication and to support shared ideas and innovative new work.

Members attempt to untangle the histories and philosophies of archaeology and reconstruct the lesser-known social, political and intellectual aspects of archaeology’s history. HARN participants are investigating previously unexamined archival and primary sources and gathering original oral-historical evidence. They produce innovative, fine-grained descriptions and in-depth historical analyses based on entirely fresh material. The resulting new research is regularly submitted to Antiquity’s Project Gallery. An example is Kathleen Sheppard’s examination of Flinders Petrie’s promotion of ‘the solutions eugenics offered to the ills of society’ <>.

HARN now consists of 150 members from across the world. New members and all queries are welcomed. For more information please contact HARN at

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nathan Schlanger permalink
    January 7, 2010 11:20 am

    Hello HARNs
    Have you advanced with your planning for the 12 february meeting? There is a possibility that I might come to London – and also be able to communicate if there is space (on AREA network, or on recent reserach on 19th c archaeology) : do let me know
    Best and happy new year to all

  2. February 28, 2018 12:54 pm

    Hello HARN Group members, we’d like to invite your student members to join our AMS date raffle – Thank you.

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