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Abad, Rafael
University of Seville, Spain

Rafael Abad is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Integrated Philologies (East Asian Studies) at the University of Seville (Spain). He holds a PhD (2009) in the field of History and Area Studies from Hokkaido University (Japan). His doctoral research on The Idea of Prehistory in the Modern Archaeological Thought concentrates upon the introduction, acceptance and rejection of western archaeological concepts (‘Prehistory’, ‘Stone Age’, etc.) by Japanese scholars in the period between 1870 and 1920. His research currently focuses on Torii Ryuzo, an anthropologist and archaeologist whose fieldwork is well known as a reflection of the relationship between Japanese science and imperialism during the first half of the twentieth century, but that in addition played a key role in the introduction of archaeological knowledge originated in East Asia in the West.

Adams, Ellen
Department of Classics at King’s College, London

I am a Lecturer at King’s College with an interest in the history of collections. I have worked on comparisons between medical and sculptural collections and how those have shaped attitudes to the body with papers appearing in the Journal of the History of Collections and in Hermathena. I am particularly interested in the reception of Classical antiquities in London’s museums from the Enlightenment onwards.

Aguilera Durán, Tomás
Autonomous University of Madrid

I have a degree in History (University of Salamanca) and an inter-university Master in History and Sciences of Antiquity (Complutense-Autonomous Universities of Madrid). My PhD analysed the historiographical and ideological perception of protohistoric Iberia in the Spanish cultural tradition. Thus, my main research interest is the reception of the pre-Roman world in Western culture, which involves the study of historiography and academy, national and regional identities and their literary and artistic projections. My various editorial and academic activities relating to this theme also include the co-direction of the Seminar on Historiography and the Legacy of Antiquity at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Allfrey, Fran

King’s College London

I research the reception of Sutton Hoo, the Anglo-Saxon burial site unearthed in 1938 (with the most famous discovery made in 1939).

My PhD thesis examines newspaper coverage of the excavation in 1939, television documentary presentations of the treasures, stories told in museum display, the impact of the ‘Sutton Hoo Society’ and how stories were told about the site, treasures, and 1980s-1990s dig, performances at the National Trust site, and ethnographic research with visitors at the site.

In particular, I pay attention to times when Old English poetry or other early medieval literature is brought into contact with archaeological remains and sites.


Ambrosini, Laura
Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome

Etruscologist, Researcher at the Institute for the Study on the Ancient Mediterranean of the Italian National Research Council and Professor of Etruscology and Italic Antiquities at the University of Naples Federico II. Pupil of Prof. Giovanni Colonna, she was for twenty years Collaborator of the Department of Etruscology and Italic Antiquities at Sapienza-University of Rome. She has participated in excavations conducted by Italian Universities in Volterra, Rome-Palatine and Aqua Marcia, Pyrgi (for twenty years) and Veii (for ten years). She has published five books and about one hundred articles in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Her main interests in the history of archeology concern the figure of Gian Francesco Gamurrini, the excavations and discoveries in the Ager Faliscus and in the Viterbo Province in the Nineteenth century.

Aymeric, Jacques

University of Geneva , Genève

I study the medieval (pre-colonial) fortifications of West Africa. My current research focuses on the region of eastern Senegal and western Mali where I am interested in the causes of the inplementation of these structures, the techniques of constructions used and the heritage aspects related to their conservation.
My previous work allowed me to explore the interactions between fortifications and the formation of state entities in western Cameroon between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Azarmdel, Hassan

Lanzhou University

I am a PhD student in the Lanzhou University. My Thesis will focus on climate change and Archaeology (Paleo-settlements) in Iran. This is a totally new area for and my master degree is in land use management in coastal areas (focus on sea level changes/Caspian sea). But now I wonder to widen my knowledge about past climate and how human has
changed the earth face. Especially in Iran plateau settlement is back to 10 ka and it seems human activities have changed paleo signals. I am following to find out. I would be really happy I could share and work with others especially who are following to visit ancient Persia and find out about its ancient history.



Baird, Jennifer
Birkbeck College, University of London

Jennifer Baird is Lecturer in Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Research interests include critical historiography of Roman archaeology, particularly in the Near East. Current projects include a study of the Yale University/French Academy excavations at Dura-Europos in Syria, conducted in the 1920s-30s, including the examination of modes of representation in the archaeological writing and photography. Recent publications on the history of archaeology include “Photographing Dura-Europos, 1928-1937. An Archaeology of the Archive” in American Journal of Archaeology 115.

Barber, Martyn

Historic England

Martyn Barber is currently Senior Investigator, Aerial Survey and Investigation, at Historic England. He is the author of ‘A History of Aerial Photography and Archaeology’ (English Heritage:2011), and is co-author with Helen Wickstead of a series of journal articles and conference papers on the history of aerial vision and mapping from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. He has also recently (2014) published on the history of Stonehenge and its landscape from the nineteenth century to the present.

Baker, Sera
Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham

A Roman archaeologist specialising in socio-cultural and economic examinations of ancient Pompeii and the early Roman Empire, Sera Baker is especially passionate about the small shops, workshops and commercial spaces of ancient Pompeii and Rome. Her current archaeological research (to be completed in 2014) into these shops concentrates upon deciphering context in an effort to explain how these small archaeological structures and their contents reveal previously shrouded aspects of Roman daily life. These shops, through their archaeological remains, provide an understanding of population, society, culture, urban planning, trade, and commerce in the Roman world. Naturally, her work at Pompeii involves a great deal of study of the history and philosophy of the earliest archaeological excavations in the 18th century onwards to understand the context and interpretation of the standing remains and excavation reports.

Barnes, Monica
Andean Past, American Museum of Natural History

I am the lead editor of Andean Past, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the archaeology and ethnohistory of western South America published by the Cornell University Latin American Studies Program, Ithaca, New York. We often include articles on the history of Andean archaeology. I am also an Associate of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. There I am researching the life and work of the late John Victor Murra, an anthropologist best known for his contributions to Andean ethnohistory, but also the second-in-command of an archaeological project in Ecuador (1941-42) and the leader of the first official excavations at the Peruvian Inca site of Huánuco Pampa (1963-1966). At the AMNH I am scanning, studying, and cataloguing the approximately 5,000 negatives Murra and his team took during his “Inca Provincial Life” project centered on Huánuco Pampa and am studying the notes taken by project members during archaeological survey in the Huánuco region. Other important papers pertinent to John Murra, including over fifty years of correspondence with many prominent anthropologists and archaeologists, are held at the Smithsonian Institution’s Anthropological Archive.

So far I have published the following articles on John Murra and his Huánuco research.

Basak, Bishnupriya
Calcutta University

I did my Ph.D (1998) in Prehistory from Deccan College and am currently Senior Faculty, Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. Archaeological theory and history of archaeology are my two areas of interest apart from prehistoric fieldwork. Through my ongoing research I am trying to understand the development of prehistoric archaeology, ethnology and geological sciences in India (esp. eastern India) in the last quarter of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth century. I am interested to understand the colonial mind in exposition of an alien past in the colony. None of these nascent disciplines engaged the attention of the Archaeological Survey of India, established in 1861, where the preoccupation was chiefly with the monumental. I am trying to see how far the pursuit of these disciplines in the metropolis exercised its sway on the perceptions of the officers/individuals researching on them in the colony. An important strand here is the collection history of objects described as ‘prehistoric’ or ‘ethnological.’ I have already published some papers in peer reviewed journals.

I am also interested in local history and the development of vernacular tradition in archaeology in pre-independent Bengal.

Bayer, Olaf
University of Central Lancashire

My doctoral research used surface lithic scatters from museum collections to examine the prehistoric inhabitation of the lower Exe valley, Devon. The majority of my research involved lithic analysis, geophysical survey and excavation. However, I also undertook archive research and interviews to understand the ideas and methodologies, which had shaped the assemblages that I was studying.

Berg, Ingrid
Research School for Culture-Historical Studies (FoKult)
Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden

My thesis deals with the first Swedish archaeological excavation in Greece, on the island of Kalaureia in 1894. The philologists Samuel Wide, Lennart Kjellberg and the architect Sven Kristenson spent a summer on the island where they carried out fieldwork together with Greek workmen. I will document and analyse the excavation as a phenomenon, as well as analyse the archaeologists’ cultural and political context in order to study their relation to Greece, the Greeks and to archaeology. By studying how the material and mental memories that can be linked to the 1894 excavation affect the ongoing project on Kalaureia, I want to stress the importance of including historical interpretations in contemporary archaeological projects. I also want to encourage critical analysis of the scientific history of Swedish archaeology. The project demonstrates the possibilities of using a variety of source material – from archaeological field observations to photographs, letters, diaries, newspaper articles, interviews, etc. – as a basis for including historical voices in the concepts of archaeological ethnography and multivocality, and for analysing a vital part of the life history of the archaeological site.

Bodenstein, Felicity
Université Paris IV-Sorbonne

Felicity Bodenstein is a doctoral candidate in art history at the Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. Her Ph.D topic is the history of the Cabinet des médailles et antiques at the National library in Paris (under the direction of professor Barthélémy Jobert). In 2009-2010 she was a research fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles with a project entitled Displaying Classical Antiquity in Paris (1800-1930). Its aim was to establish a typology of display strategies relating to Classical Antiquity. She is currently working as a research assistant on the EuNaMus project: European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen at the university of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne with professor Dominique Poulot. Her fields of interest are the history of antiquarianism, archaeology, museums and collections. She is particularly interested in the mediation of archaeology through museum display.

Bracewell, Jennifer
McGill University

My interest in the history of archaeology focuses on the First Peoples of Canada, and especially Quebec. I am interested in the history of concepts of social evolution which have been used to frame our thinking and research on the prehistory of northern Quebec. I am also interested in how these concepts are applied today, both in Canada and in the circumpolar subarctic generally. I am interested in comparing the history of prehistoric archaeology in northern Quebec and Finland, where I have excavated for several years in Northern Ostrobothnia. Finally, I am interested in the history of community-based archaeology, especially in First Nations communities.

Breithoff, Esther

I am currently a Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol.

Brennan, Brian

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

My research originally focused on Late Antiquity and Frankish Gaul with an emphasis on texts. More recently however I have been working on an excavation history of Herculaneum.  In 2012 I published Herculaneum A Sourcebook being translations of inscriptions and graffiti etc  as well as a selection of documents illustrating excavation practices on site. Currently I am researching the political context of Amedeo Maiuri and scholarly and popular presentations of the archaeological site in journalism /newsreels during the Fascist era.   At the present time I am a research associate in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Briffa, Josef Mario
Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome

Josef Mario Briffa SJ is Lecturer at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He read for a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the same institute (2012), and for a PhD at the UCL Institute of Archaeology (2017) on The Figural World of the Southern Levant during the Late Iron Age. He has recently co-authored, with Dr Claudia Sagona, a Catalogue of Artefacts from Malta at the British Museum (Archaeopress, 2017), and has researched extensively on Fr Emmanuel Magri SJ (1851-1907), pioneer in Maltese archaeology and folklore studies. He currently also works on archival material held at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Jerusalem, with a particular interest in the excavations of Teleilat Ghassul. He has excavated in Malta and Israel, and is a staff member of The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition.

Briggs, Stephen

Sometime Head of Archaeology at The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Dr C. Stephen Briggs FSA, FGS, MCIfA, is a retired generalist field surveyor and researcher who was originally attracted to archives and neglected early printed sources for re-provenancing artefacts and reconstructing lost sites in the 1960s. His perspectives have since changed slowly  to encompass some British-Irish and continental biographical, museum and institutional studies of science since the 17th century.  He strongly advocates the preservation of contemporary records, particularly personal papers, including archival and digital media. Stephen has also campaigned for responsible ethical standards in archaeological research and publication. Current projects include helping Anne O’Connor and Pam Graves to complete Greenwell Studies: the archaeological contribution of Canon William Greenwell, FRS, FSA (1820-1918); also aspects of the development of archaeology in Yorkshire until 1913; the archaeology of the Ordnance Survey in Ireland c 1830-1845, and the journeys (1846-7 and 1852) and correspondents of J.J.A. Worsaae in Britain and Ireland.

Brittain, Marcus
University of Cambridge

Marcus received his PhD from Manchester, UK, and specialises in British and East African prehistory. His particular interests regarding histories of archaeology are varied, but are dominated by: (1) the impact of twentieth century conflict on archaeological thought, narrative and practice in Britain, and the changing role of the past in humanist approaches to post-conflict reconstruction, particularly in the aftermath of the First World War; (2) the sociopolitics of 19th century archaeology in Wales; and (3) the shifting politics of minority rights in archaeology.

Brockmann, Sophie School of Advanced Study, University of London

My current project is on archaeologists and other field researchers in Central America, c.1880-1940. I’m interested in the relationship between archaeologists and local populations, the commercial and social networks that supported archaeologists, as well as mapping and other processes of exploring and recording landscapes in relation to archaeological excavation. I am also in the process of completing the manuscript of my first monograph, based on my dissertation and entitled “Visions of Useful Nature”. It concerns the history of natural history and landscape in late-colonial Guatemala (1768-1838) and features some chapters on the Maya site of Palenque, and the status of archaeological sites in Central America after independence from Spain in 1821. For further information, see my academia page.

Bucolo, Raffaella
Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”

I am a Ph.D student at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ and my doctoral research is the biography of Dr. Margarete Gütschow (1871-1951), ordinary member of the German Archaeological Institute. Dr Gütschow lived in Rome for more than 20 years, since 1935, was an assistant to G. Rodenwaldt and participated in the large project “Corpus der Antiken Sarkophagreliefs”; she also studied the classical sarcophagi of the Pretextat Catacombs; this was her main work. By studying the documents of several archives, I am investigating the life and studies, focusing on funeral sculpture.
I also have broad interests in antiquarianism and the history of collecting and collections. My MA thesis was about the collection Salviati in Lungara: composition and dispersion (published in Archeologia Classica, vol. LVIII-n.s. 8, 2007).
I have specialised in Late Antique Archeology at the Pontifical Institute for Christian Archaeology and won a Grant Research PRIN (Research Projects of National Interest) at the University of Rome, “Roma Tre” to study the changes in archaeological restoration in Rome since the Unification of Italy to the second half of the 20th century.

For more information on talks and publications, please visit my page:


Carpeneti, Bianca
University of Cambridge

Bianca is interested in museums, object biographies, social connectivity around heritage, ethnography of heritage, and really good stories-as Brené Brown put it, “data with a soul.” Her undergraduate degree (2010) in Archaeology and Ancient History is from Stanford University, where she also studied the application of human-centred design thinking in a museum context. After graduating, she spent a year with the newly-launched REVS Program at Stanford, conducting ethnographic research on 20th-century automotive history. Currently, she is reading for an MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums at Cambridge where she is a member of the Personal Histories Project. For her thesis, she is examining the role of narrative in archaeological research and is planning an oral history panel at Binchester, a Roman fort in the northeast of England and the site of her summer fieldwork. She is interested in the potential of oral history as a method of re-framing archaeological sites as loci for enacting and creating heritage, not simply sites of academic enquiry.

Carr, Lydia

Carruthers, William

I am a historian of archaeology and the post-1945 world. In September 2014 I will take up a Max Weber postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence; I have recently submitted a doctoral dissertation to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where I also co-organised the Mellon/Newton-funded “Field Notes: Histories of Archaeology and Anthropology” seminar at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.
My dissertation, which was funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, deals with the histories of Egyptological and archaeological practice in Egypt during the years immediately following the 1952 Free Officers’ coup (and also the connection of these histories to Egypt in the interwar period). As a postdoc, I plan to extend this work to encompass the UNESCO-backed archaeological salvage campaign that took place in Egyptian and Sudanese Nubia during the 1960s: a campaign that sheds much greater light on the relationship of archaeology to the themes (and global contexts) of post-Second World War history. I have started blogging about my work here.
Carter, Laura
PhD in History at Trinity Hall, Cambridge

My PhD thesis is entitled ‘Everyday life’ and ‘everyday things’ in British popular culture, c.1910-1969’. It examines how people published, preserved, and sometimes sought to re-make, the ‘everyday’ past in British popular culture. I am focusing on the life and work of Charles and Marjorie Quennell, in particular their series A history of everyday things in England (1918-1934), and its reception. I am also working on the presentation of the ‘everyday’ in museums, the publishing of vernacular history and historical diaries by commercial presses, and the broadcasting of popular history on the BBC throughout the mid-twentieth century.

Carver, Martin

Martin is Editor of Antiquity, Professor emeritus at the University of York, Director of Sutton Hoo Research Project, Director of the Tarbat Discovery Programme and Chairman of FAS Heritage Ltd. He has been a patron to HARN since its inception and has generously published our short articles in Antiquity’s Project Gallery for several years now. Martin’s current historical interest is the development of excavation in different countries.

Challis, Debbie
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL

Debbie is interested in the cultural and political history of archaeology during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her main focus is on the reception of classical and Egyptian archaeology in Britain, British excavations in the lands of the Ottoman Empire and the impact of race theory on reading the past. She has published two books From the Harpy Tomb to the Wonders of Ephesus: British Archaeologists in the Ottoman Empire 1840 – 1880 (Duckworth: 2008) and The Archaeology of Race: The Eugenic Ideas of Francis Galton and Flinders Petrie (Bloomsbury, 2013), as well as numerous related articles. She is also interested in and has written on current museum practice around the display and interpretation of archeology and antiquity in museums.

Champion, Tim University of Southampton

I am an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. I have specialised mainly in the later prehistoric archaeology of Britain, Ireland and western Europe; other research interests have included heritage management and the history and politics of archaeology. As well as work on nationalism (a volume edited with M. Diaz-Andreu), I have researched the role of the Phoenicians in western European nationalist and archaeological thinking. Current interests are in the development from antiquarianism to archaeology, and the emergence of the modern discipline and profession. I have worked on the early career of Gordon Childe and that has led to further research on the activities of other archaeologists in the First World War.

Clarke, David

David has recently retired from his position as Keeper of Archaeology at
the National Museums of Scotland (NMS). He developed the NMS Prehistory Galleries incorporating works by contemporary artists Edouardo Paolozzi and Andy Galsworthy. His doctoral thesis concerned the history of 18th and 19th century archaeology. He retains a continuing interest in 18th- and 19th-century barrow digging and is currently working on Scottish archaeology 1850-1914 and less actively on British archaeology in the 1920s and 1930s.

Coltofean, Laura
Brukenthal National Museum

Laura Coltofean is a museum curator and an archaeologist at the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu, the first public museum in present-day Romania, opened in 1817. Her research focuses on prehistoric archaeology, history of archaeology, the politics of identity in archaeology (gender, nationalism and ethnicity) and heritage.

She earned her PhD in History in December 2016, at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania. Her thesis reconstructs the scientific biography of archaeologist Zsófia Torma (1832-1899) in the cultural, social and political context of 19th-century Transylvania (then part of Austria-Hungary and today of Romania). Zsófia Torma was a pioneering Hungarian archaeologist who had a significant contribution to the development of prehistoric archaeology in Transylvania. The information available at this moment indicates that she was the first female archaeologist in Austria-Hungary. Laura Coltofean’s thesis is the first comprehensive work on Zsófia Torma’s activity and the first in Romania on the historiography of women’s participation in archaeology.


Cooper, Anwen
University of Reading

Constructing different histories of prehistoric research in Britain over the last 25 years (on the basis of various documentary sources and life history interviews).

Colson, Alicia

Visiting Fellow – Goldsmiths, University of London and

Alicia J. M. Colson is an archaeologist and an ethnohistorian with a BA Hons (UCL) and PhD (McGill), Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths (London) in the Computing Department, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is engaged in series of research and publishing projects in cognate fields. Her research interests include: hunter-gatherers of the Boreal Forest, digital humanities, archaeological theory, history of archaeology, and sub-Saharan Africa. “

Cox, Rachel
Institute of Archaeology, UCL

My research focuses on the production and spread of knowledge in colonial and post-colonial contexts. My MA dissertation at UCL was primarily a historiographical study into the development of archaeology in Finland and South Africa. I am now interested in examining ‘indigenous’ archaeologies as vernacular science within global history. More specifically, I wish to focus on the current application of policy and legislation to ‘indigenous’ populations and their heritage and to understand what historical factors are influencing uptake, influence, and impact of policy.


D’Agata, Anna Lucia

The history of Aegean archaeology is my main interest in this field of research. Its marked international profile makes it a very particular study case. I have published articles on Sigmund Freud and Aegean archaeology (in ‘SMEA’ 1994), on women archaeologists in Crete in the 20th century (in ‘Aegaeum’ 30, 2009) and on the history of the palace of Knossos after its abandonment until the 19th century (2009). The need to understand the role played by archaeology in contemporary Italy has pushed me to edit the volume ‘Quale futuro per l’archeologia?’ (2009). I am currently in Crete where I have spent the last two months. At the moment I am finishing a text on the bronze age occupation in the peninsula of Itanos.

Daire, Marie-Yvane
University of Rennes, France

Marie-Yvane Daire is Senior Researcher at CNRS (France, Britanny). As an archaeologists, she specializes in Iron Age cultures and in Coastal and Island archaeology, she has directed more than twenty field excavation programs (in France and abroad) and has been involved in the management of several international research projects. She is currently deeply involved in the study, the exploitation and the preservation of the ancient (19th-early 20th cent.) documentary set of the Archéosciences laboratory. With Elias Lopez-Romero (co-responsible for the ICARE project*), she has published several papers and curated an exhibition based on the analysis of the scientific value of old image archives for current archaeological research.

Dalglish, Katinka Glasgow Museums

I am curator of archaeology with Glasgow Museums covering the Roman to modern periods. I am currently working on the collection of the Scottish amateur archaeologist and collector Ludovic Mclellan Mann and researching his life. I am also researching the work of two mid-to-late Victorian antiquarians, the Scottish minister P.H. Waddell and the English architect and gentleman, J.S. Phené.  Both men operated on the margins of what contemporary mainstream archaeological thinking was prepared to embrace, a position that would very much be shared, a generation later, by Mann.

Daroogheh, Rana
Durham University, Department of Archaeology

My area of research, Negotiating the Past: Nationalism and the History of Iranian Archaeology, concentrates on the various forms of Iranian nationalism and the pervasive implication of political discourse on the development of Iranian archaeology. Through the analysis of cases studies, this research illuminates the pivotal role of ethnic-dynastic nationalism, Shi’a nationalism and populism as the driving force behind the promotion or demotion of archaeological studies in Iran. The research further contends to articulate the manipulation of various heritage sites to re-construct and appropriate a past that validates the contemporary political agendas of various Iranian states- prior and after the 1979 Revolution.

Da Vela, Raffaella

Department of Archaeology, Leipzig University

I studied Etruscology, Italic Archaeology and Classics at the University of Florence (Italy) between 1996 and 2004.
In the following years (2004-2011) I worked as a field archaeologist in Central Italy.
My PhD-Thesis on the Cultural Transmission from South of Italy to Northern Etruria in Hellenistic Time has been written at the Universities of Florence and Bonn as an international agreement.
I am now substitute assistant at the University of Leipzig at the Department of Archaeology of the Ancient World.
I am interested in the History of Archaeological Research and of Archaeological Studies, in Reception of Classics as well as in Migrations, Cultural Identities and Social networks in Antiquity.

De Armond, Thea
Stanford University

I completed my PhD in classics and archaeology at Stanford University. My research interests include materiality, public archaeology, and so-called “culture contact,” especially in the Black Sea area. My dissertation is on the history of classics and archaeology in the former Czechoslovakia, focalized through a biography of the classical scholar Antonín Salač (1885-1960). Salač was a philologist, historian, epigrapher, and archaeologist, prominent in his time (and place) but now largely forgotten. In writing on (and through) Salač, a somewhat “marginal” person from a somewhat “marginal” place (at least, in global discourse on classics and archaeology), I hope to provide an alternative history of classics and archaeology — alternative, that is, to “western” histories of the disciplines — and, further, to bring us to reconsider how we produce such histories in the first place.

de Gelder, Laurien
Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

My academic background is in Mediterranean Archaeology and Cultural Sciences. During my training at the university and after my graduation I have continuously aimed to study the nexus of my two main research interests; the archaeological (site)museum as an institute and (the history of) Mediterranean collections. Currently, as a trainee ‘HeritageTalent’, I’m collaborating with the Allard Pierson Museum (Amsterdam) and the Dutch Institute at Athens in a project about the history of Dutch archaeological history in the Mediterranean, particularly Greece. As it is my task to set up the research, I am very much interested in topics as the history of archaeology and the theoretical embedding of studying the history of science.

de Tomasi, Francesca
Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Antiquity and Tradition and my thesis is about the export of antiquities from Rome after 1870.

The aim of my research is to give an overview of the socio-cultural milieu in the late nineteenth – early twentieth century Rome. In 1870 Rome was, in fact, annexed to the Italian Kingdom and a process of transformation of the papal city in the Capital of the new Kingdom began. By the time an efficient law for the cultural heritage preservation was established in 1909, many works of art and antiquities had taken the way of Northern Europe or United States.

Since the most of the traffic of works of art and antiquities in those years was directed to the American art market I spent a six-month period as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York to better understand the phenomenon of collecting and the birth of many American museums in those years.
For more info visit my profile.

Delley, Géraldine
Institut d’archéologie, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

The aim of my research is to evaluate both the cultural, political and economical origins, and the methodological and epistemological impacts, of the radiocarbon and tree-ring dating methods on prehistory, during the second half of the 20th century. My analysis focuses on the Swiss lake-dwelling researches conducted during the three decades following the Second World War.

Using the complementary approaches of the history and of the sociology of science, I defined five main areas of research : the introduction of radiocarbon and tree-ring dating methods and the political, economical and scientific context between 1950 and 1985; the place of Swiss prehistory in the post-war and coldwar periods, and the way the discipline built itself using scientific methods; the use of radiocarbon and tree-ring methods in the daily archaeological practice; the identity of prehistory between natural sciences and human sciences; the reassessment of prehistoric key-concepts like time, archaeological culture, transition, durations, in light of these two new tools.

Derricourt, Robin
University of New South Wales, Sydney

Robin Derricourt holds an honorary appointment as an associate professor in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales. His PhD in archaeology was from the University of Cambridge and over his career has been a university lecturer in archaeology, the director of Zambia’s heritage service, and an international publisher in Britain and Australia. He has broad research interests in archaeology and in the history of ideas applied to the deep past, both by scientists and scholars and by their opponents in the world of quasi-archaeologies and quasi-histories. His recent publications include papers on the concept of “pseudoarchaeology”, pyramid theorists, hominin taxonomy and migrations, the early life of Gordon Childe, and palaeoanthropologist Raymond Dart. For details see . His latest book is Antiquity Imagined: the remarkable legacy of Egypt and the Ancient Near East (I.B. Tauris, London 2015) which focusses on the history of ideas about the ancient Near East, especially Egypt and Israel/Palestine, examining and critiquing “imagined pasts” including quasi-histories, and religious, political and ethnic uses of the past today and over the past two millennia. This follows work on similar themes applied to Africa in his book Inventing Africa: history, archaeology and ideas (Pluto, London 2011).

Díaz-Andreu, Margarita
ICREA at the University of Barcelona

Margarita Díaz-Andreu is an archaeologist interested in the history of archaeology and the politics of identity in archaeology (heritage, nationalism and colonialism, ethnicity and gender). She is also concerned with prehistoric archaeology and art (mainly rock art) of
Western Europe. She has carried out fieldwork in Spain and Britain. She has supervised eleven PhD students writing on prehistoric art and archaeology, the history of archaeology and identity.

Her publications on the history of archaeology include books such as Nationalism and Archaeology (1996 with T. Champion, 2001 with A. Smith), Excavating Women. A History of Women in European Archaeology (1998, with M. L. Sorensen), A World History of Archaeology in the Nineteenth Century: Nationalism, Colonialism and the Past (2007) and Archaeological Encounters. Building networks of Spanish and British archaeologists in the 20th century (2012) . She has also edited a volume on the prestigious archaeologist Gordon Childe (European Journal of Archaeology, 2009) and a dictionary of archaeologists working in Spain (15th-20th c, 2009). Her research has focused on particular case studies in Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as wide-ranging overviews of gender, nationalism and imperialism.

Di Paolo, Silvana Researcher at the Italian National Council of Research

Silvana Di Paolo is currently Researcher at the Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo antico (Italian National Council of Research). She is specialised in Archaeology and Art History of the Ancient Near East. Among other things, her researches focuses on histories of archaeology and archaeological practices. She has written on different topics: 1) Modern collecting practice and collections of antiquities with particular reference to Cyprus and Near East; 2) History of travel in the Near East between 17th-19th centuries; 3) History of research methodologies. In 2011 she organised a Colloque on Near Eastern antiquities in Italy.

Dixon, Susan M.
La Salle University, Philadelphia PA

Susan M. Dixon is Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at La Salle University. Her research interests include Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Rodolfo Lanciani, and classical archaeology as practiced in late-19th-century Rome. For more info, please visit and La Salle University pages.

Doeser, James

I am a freelance researcher and consultant. Until 2013 I was a senior researcher at the Arts Council where I led a variety of research projects to inform policy and strategy across the cultural sector. I have a background in archaeology and my PhD examined the evolution of archaeology public policy in England. Before joining the Arts Council I worked at the Council for British Archaeology where I worked on a range of public engagement activities and was an editorial assistant for British Archaeology magazine. I also spent a short time at the BBC developing archaeology TV programmes. I am currently on the advisory board of the journal, Cultural Trends.
My PhD critically analysed the evolution of archaeology policy in England through the 20th century. The research took four case studies drawn from distinct areas of archaeology public policy (ancient monuments protection, planning control, portable antiquities, and the international illicit trade in antiquities). The history and context of each case study was analysed using published literature, unpublished archival material and interviews. The thesis identified common themes that illustrate the interests of the state in forming archaeology public policy as well as the process by which it occurs.

Dooley Fairchild, Sira
University of Durham

My Ph.D research aims to provide an historiographical analysis of past and present representations of the Anglo-Saxon Conversion. To this end, I am performing a critical reading of the antiquarian and archaeological studies of Anglo-Saxon religious change. The Conversion is a topic with a long history, and one which is still being studied to this day. In the context of our current emphasis on the history of archaeology, this study aims to answer the following questions: how have scholars answered the question of “why convert”? What contemporary political and religious factors have been influential to past understandings of the Conversion? How have past representations influenced our view of this period? What has the relationship been between text and archaeology on this subject, and what is it currently?

Dotte-Sarout, Emilie
Australian National University

I am a part of the Australian Research Council Laureate Project “The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific – a Hidden History”, through which I am investigating the development of Francophone literature and traditions in Pacific scholarship.This project seeks to better understand the distinct historiography and epistemology of the Francophone tradition of archaeology in the Pacific. It also aims at investigating the relations between the over-represented Anglophone research and the more discrete Francophone one, from co-ignorance to co-influences and the creation of particular partnerships between researchers; to examine their role in the development of current narratives, practices and concepts in Pacific Archaeology.

I also bear a personal interest on the history of environmental archaeology, especially in the tropics and the Pacific

Draycott, Catherine M.

Durham University Department of Archaeology

My principal research has been on images and identities in tomb art, mainly in Western Anatolia, but I also have interests in archaeological illustration and am working on developing research and activities on drawing, particularly (but not exclusively) finds drawing, its history, techniques, current practice and cognitive values.

Duray, Anne

Stanford University

I am currently working on my dissertation, entitled “The Idea of Greek (Pre)history: Archaeological Knowledge Production and the Making of ‘Early Greece,’ c. 1950-1980,” which is concerned with the intellectual history of Late Bronze Age – Early Iron Age transition (c. 1200-950 BCE) in Greece. I am broadly interested in the ways in which archaeological practices and intellectual agendas have intersected to inform the framing and interpretation of this period during the 20th century. My dissertation draws from both final publications and archival materials in order to trace communities of scholars, the formulation of research agendas, and the execution of said agendas through archaeological investigation in several case studies. I use these specific case studies to also highlight both the legacies of late 19th and early 20th century intellectual frameworks and practices, as well as to contextualize some of the ways so-called “transitional” periods are approached by archaeologists in the present.

As I wrap up my dissertation, I am also exploring possibilities for future projects. These may include history of archaeology in Cyprus, and women and archaeological knowledge production in early-mid 20th century Greek archaeology.


Dyson, Stephen L.
University at Buffalo, USA

Stephen L. Dyson is professor of Classics at the University at Buffalo SUNY and former President of the American Institute of Archaeology. He is author of Ancient Marbles to American Shores (University of Pennsylvania Press 1998); Eugenie Sellers Strong: Portrait of an Archaeologist (Duckworth, 2004); and In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts: A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Yale UP 2006). He is currently working on a study of William James Stillman.


Edwards, Phillip
La Trobe University, Melbourne

I am an archaeologist at La Trobe University in Melbourne, having spent the past thirty years researching the prehistory of the east Jordan Valley (in Jordan). Recently I have become interested in exploring further the development of archaeological excavation methods between 1850 – 1930, particularly by archaeologists of the Pleistocene, and to this end I have recently spent some time researching in the Dorothy Garrod archive in St. Germaine-en-Laye, Paris.

Effros, Bonnie
University of Florida

Research synopsis, interests: Trained as an early medieval historian, I began my career looking at burial practice in Merovingian Gaul from historical and archaeological perspective as a way of better understanding the cultural mores and rituals of the post-Roman world. This work was published as two books: Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages (University of California 2003) and Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World (Penn State 2002)I also studied feasting and fasting and their connection to the expression of gender and spirituality in late antique/early medieval communities in Gaul, published as Creating Community with Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul (Palgrave 2002).

Over time, however, I have become increasingly interested in the nineteenth-century circumstances that shaped antiquarian and archaeological research of the Middle Ages and how these outlooks continue to shape our work today. This larger project resulted in a book, Uncovering the Germanic Past: Merovingian Archaeology in France, 1830-1914 (Oxford 2012), and a number of journal articles and book chapters on related subjects listed on my page and on my university website at

I am currently writing a book entitled Incidental Archaeologists: French Officers and the Rediscovery of Roman North Africa, 1830-1870, which assesses the practical and ideological role of Roman archaeology – and ancient Rome more generally – during the first forty years of the French conquest and settlement of Algeria. This project brings to light the intersection between violence, archaeology, and classical narratives and how they shaped the colonial enterprise in North Africa.

Engström, Elin
Stockholm University

I am a PhD student in archaeology at Stockholm University. My research interests include the history of archaeology, cultural heritage studies and feminist theory. My PhD research concerns the relationship between archaeological practice, cultural heritage management and museum education from the 1960s and onwards. I examine the cultural heritage site Eketorp, a prehistoric ring-fort, on the island of Öland, Sweden. The archaeological excavations at Eketorp, which began in 1964, lasted for a decade and soon turned into one of the largest archaeological research projects in Sweden. After the excavations the archaeological site was transformed into a full-scale archaeological reconstruction by the Swedish National Heritage Board. Since the mid-1980s the site has been a popular tourist attraction and open-air museum. The history of the site itself connects to several academic fields, including archaeology, history of archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies. Eketorp is therefore approached through ethnographic fieldwork as well as archive material and published archaeological texts. The aim of this interdisciplinary approach is to explore how hierarchies and notions of gender in academic practice are created, performed, and maintained through several scientific and heritage institutions.

Evans, Christopher
University of Cambridge, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Christopher Evans, BA, MA, MIFA, FSA, is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge. He has published widely on the discipline’s historiography, especially concerning issues of fieldwork and representation. Aside from being the co-editor of the recent Histories of Archaeology Reader published by Oxford (2008), he is a Director of both the Bulletin of the History of Archaeology and Antiquity.


Farrujia de la Rosa, A. José
University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands

José Farrujia de la Rosa holds a PhD in Prehistory and a PhD Premio Extraordinario (Extraordinary award) in Humanities (2003), both awarded by the University of La Laguna. He was the winner of the Antonio Rumeu de Armas Historical Research Prize (2009) and is a Member of the Spanish Society for the History of Archaeology. He received a research grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture University Teacher program (2000-2003) and taught in the Department of Prehistory, Anthropology and Ancient History at the same university, as well working as a Senior Archaeological Conservation Technician at the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife and Historical Heritage Officer at the La Laguna City Council. He currently works in the field of heritage management. He has been involved in numerous archaeological surveys and excavations in the Canarian Archipelago and elsewhere in Europe. His research focuses on the archaeology of the Canary Islands, including studies on heritage management, the history of the archaeology of the islands, the early colonization of the islands, archaeological theory and methodology, rock art and identity issues. He is the author of many articles published both in Spanish journals (including Trabajos de Prehistoria, Complutum, Tabona, and Revista Atlántica y Mediterránea de Prehistoria y Arqueología Social) and foreign journals (including the Oxford Journal of Archaeology, African Archaeological Review, Sahara, and Nouvelles de l’Archeologie, amongst others). He is also the author of the following books: El poblamiento humano de Canarias en la obra de Manuel de Ossuna y Van den Heede (2002); Ab initio (1342-1969) (2004); Imperialist Archaeology in the Canary Islands. French and German studies on Prehistoric colonization (2005), which is the first academic book written in English on Canarian archaeology; Arqueología y franquismo en Canarias: política, poblamiento e identidad (2007); En busca del pasado guanche. Historia de la Arqueología en Canarias (1868-1968), with a prologue by Alain Schnapp. This last book was presented at Sorbonne University (Paris) on 1 December 2011; An archaeology of the margins. Colonialism, Amazighity and heritage management in the Canary Islands (Springer, New York, 2013); Ab initio. Análisis historiográfico y arqueológico sobre el primitivo poblamiento de Canarias (1342-1969). (2014); Escrito en piedra. Las manifestaciones rupestres de las Islas Canarias (2014), together with Tarek Ode. This is the catalogue of the homonymous exhibition.

Fisher, Nathan
Oxford University

A D. Phil student from Canada, studying at Oxford. His thesis, tentatively entitled, ‘Power, Prestige and the Past: Archaeology, Antiquities Legislation and British Imperialism in the Near East, 1815-1939,’ analyses Britain’s Near Eastern archaeological policymaking in the context of domestic and international efforts to safeguard cultural objects and explores the concept of cultural heritage as it relates to Britain’s national and imperial identities. He analyses, also, the rise of international law regarding preservation.

Fisher-Hansen, Tobias

Flatman, Joe and
Designation Department, English Heritage and Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Joe Flatman is the Head of Central Casework and Programmes in English Heritage’s Designation Department and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL.

My research interests primarily lie in relation to the history of the protection of ancient monuments in the UK, especially in England in relation to the centenary of the Ancient Monuments Consolidation and Amendment Act in 1913 (see, and the individuals who were involved in early heritage protection. I am also interested in the lives of a series of individuals associated with the UCL Institute of Archaeology, including: [a] Joan du Plat Taylor (1906-1983), founder librarian of the Institute and a key figure in ‘maritime’ archaeology in the early years of that sub-discipline’s development in the 1950s, 60s and 70s; [b] Honor Frost (1917-2010), another key figure in the development of maritime archaeology from the 1950s onwards, and a close collaborator with du Plat Taylor in the early history of ‘professional’ maritime archaeology, in which both were instrumental networkers and leaders; and [c] Sir Robert Eric Mortimer Wheeler (1890-1976), in which my interest is in particular Wheeler’s life in London and his foundation of the Institute in 1937.My third area of research lies in the informal history of the early days of field archaeology in the UK, especially the early days of ‘commercial’ archaeology, via a web-based research project that I am involved in, Humour in Archaeology (

Fuller, Jack

Morgan Scholar of the Institute of Greece Rome and the Classical Tradition (University of Bristol)

My current MPhil topic examines the history of Minoan Archaeology focussing on the site of Palaikastro, and its four major excavation campaigns. I am particularly interested in how research aims, methods, and interpretations for this large Bronze Age townscape are shaped by their historical context (i.e. their contemporary politics and economics) and their relationship with other excavations. My study reflects how these are inextricably linked to one another and presents a general theme of how they change over time.

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