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Mader, Brigitta
Brigitta Mader, PhDr, is a freelance scientist associated to the Institute of Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. She studied slavistics and prehistoric as well as early mediaeval archaeology at the University of Vienna. After several field researches and studies on the glagolitic heritage in Istria and Italy she specialized in Archive Archaeology. Her work is focused on the history of prehistoric archaeology and heritage conservation (research institutions, museums, private collections, biographies of researchers, reconstruction of excavations, archaeospeleology, history of prehistoric discipline, methods and conservation of monuments etc. ) in Austria with special regard to the “international” Hapsburg Monarchy period (XIX cent.- 1918). Brigitta Mader headed independent research projects, worked for museums in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, is exhibition curator and author of international publications. Actually she is researching on the Prehistoric Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences during the years of National Socialism and preparing a project about archaeology in Bosnia Hercegovina in the Austrian period.

Mazet, Christian

 I am a Phd Candidate at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes / PSL University with a research entitled “Prodigieuses créatures. L’hybridité femme-animal en Méditerranée orientalisante(VIIIe -VIe s. av. J.-C.)”. With a transmediterranean dimension, this work aims to evaluate the question of the orientalization of images in the light of a case study, i.e. the female-animal hybrids (winged woman, potnia theron, sphinx, siren, gorgon and other mixanthropic beings), studying their origins, their ways of diffusion, their iconographic experiments and their meanings in various archaeological contexts. During my research, I also specialized in the more specific study of some material productions, including Greek and Etruscan pottery of preclassical period, especially Ionian, Cycladic and Laconian ; Rhodian Orientalizing Jewellery ; Etruscan bronzes of archaic and classical periods.

In parallel with my academic activity, I was from 2014 to 2018 Research Assistant at the Department of Studies and Research of the National Institute of Art History in Paris (INHA) in the field of History of Ancient Art – History of Archeology. I published in 2015 the catalogue of the Etruscan and Italic collection of Antiquities of the Musée Antoine Vivenel in Compiègne (C. Mazet, Le Muséum étrusque d’Antoine Vivenel, Milan-Compiègne, 2015). In this field, my ongoing research focus on History of collections and on the auction sales of Antiquities during the 19th century, especially on Etruscan history of archaeology.

I also take part as a member to field archaeological missions and research projects:
– Since 2017, I am part of the Amykles Research Project (The Archaeological Society at Athens) for the ongoing field excavations of the Sanctuary of Apollo in Amyklai (Sparta). In particular, I study with Adrien Delahaye the Orientalizing and Archaic pottery of the excavations from 2005 until now.
– Since 2017, in collaboration with Paulette Pelletier-Hornby, I study the Etruscan and Italic collection of the Petit Palais, Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris.

From November 2018 until June 2019, I am a Visiting Researcher at the École Française de Rome, as a Jean-Walter Zellidja Fellowship owner (Institut de France – Académie Française).


Madrigal, T. Cregg

I have a Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from Rutgers University and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. I have broad interests in prehistoric and historical archaeology of North America, zooarchaeology and taphonomy. Within historical research, I am interested in the history of archaeology in the early twentieth century, especially the 1920s and 1930s, the development of the idea of an Archaic Period in North America, the influence of archaeology on contemporary popular culture and vice versa, and the material culture of archaeology.


Mallart, Lucila
University of Nottingham

My thesis explores the making of a cultural and political imagination of Catalonia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in order to re-think the nature of nationalism in modern Europe. Although in some respects the Catalan story follows some well-known patterns of national identity construction, it is distinctive in others. Its spatial dynamics were rather particular, because they traverse traditional divides between regionalism and nationalism. The three main sections of the thesis are devoted to three spatial tiers of identity construction – the city, the state, and Europe – and draw on the projects of Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867-1956), famous Catalan politician, man of letters, architect, art historian, and president of the proto-autonomous Catalan government between 1917 and 1923. Puig’s personal archive, made available to researchers for the first time in 2006, allows me to cast fresh light on the interplay between culture and politics in this seminal historical moment.


Maloigne, Helene
University College London, Dept. of History

I am a PhD student at University College London, Dept. of History, under the supervision of Prof Eleanor Robson.

My research currently investigates the intersection between professional archaeology and the popularization of the subject in interwar Britain. My main case study are the publications of Charles Leonard Woolley, mainly concerned with his excavations at Ur in southern Iraq. I hold an MA in Archaeology and Art History from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and an MA in Museum Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL (UK).

I furthermore work as the registrar at the Tell Atchana/ancient Alalakh excavations in Turkey and co-curated the exhibition The Forgotten Kingdom. Archaeology and Photography at ancient Alalakh, shown at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (Koç University) in Istanbul in 2014 (


Manias, Chris
University of Manchester

I am a Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Manchester. I studied for my Ph.D at Birkbeck, University of London, and have formerly held posts at the German Historical Institute London, the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter. I specialise in the history and wider cultural impact of the human, biological and “deep time” sciences in a comparative and transnational framework, particularly examining developments in nineteenth- and early-twentieth century Britain, France, German-speaking Europe and the USA. I have strong interests in the history of anthropology, palaeontology, and prehistoric archaeology and how these fields interact with wider themes such as the history of racial theory, nationalism, notions of progress, development and degeneration, and ideas of human nature and culture. I am also developing interests in the depiction of “deep time” evolution and human prehistory in wider public contexts, especially through visual media, the popular press, literary works and museum displays. Recent publications: ‘“Our Iberian Forefathers:” The Deep Past and Racial Stratification of British Civilization, 1850-1914’ in The Journal of British Studies 51, 4 (October, 2012), 910-935 (; Race, Science and the Nation: Reconstructing the Ancient Past in Britain, France and Germany, Routledge: London and New York, 2013 (

Martins, Ana Cristina

Ana Cristina Martins has a Ph.D. in History, Master of Art in Heritage and Conservation, and a graduate degree in History, Archaeology variant, by the University of Lisbon, where she is currently undertaking a Post-Doctorate project at the Centre for Archaeology – Uniarq – on Portuguese Archaeology between the 1920s and the 1960s, being the main researcher on the “History of Archaeology in Portugal: Theoretical Issues”. Author of several publications in the field of History of evolution of archaeological, museum and heritage issues, mainly as the result of lectures presented at National and International conferences. Assistant Researcher of the Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical (Tropical Research Institute) within the programme Compromisso com a Ciência (Compromise with Science), where she promotes projects in the areas of History of Science, in general, and History of Archaeology, in particular. She also lectures at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias as a Guest Assistant Lecturer, where she also co-ordinates the Secção de História do Património e da Ciência within the Secção de História do Património e da Ciência.

Matczak, Magdalena
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland)

Magdalena’s research interests are focused broadly upon the history of archaeology as a science and history of archaeological thought. She concentrates on the history of archaeological methods of survey in Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary). This history is a part of forthcoming book Archaeology of Central Europe of which she is co-author. Magdalena is also interested in the history of Polish archaeology during as well as after communism and in post-colonialism discussion on repatriation of bodies, sculptures and artefacts. More recently, she is particularly interested in the history of thought about the body and disability studies in archaeology. The history of those archaeological disciplines are part of her MPhil and Ph.D projects. Her research questions concern when and why archaeologists started to be interested in bodies studies and which concepts of the body have been used in archaeology and by whom. Magdalena has an MPhil in 2009 in archaeology and MPhil in 2011 in history from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland). Currently she is a Ph.D student at the same institution. She has participated in archaeological excavations at the medieval abbeys in Łekno and Chwarszczany (Poland), at the medieval cemetery in Dziekanowice (Poland) and at prehistoric sites (Poland) and in Dion (Greece). She is also a researcher in the European Union project, Archaeology in Contemporary Europe.

Mater, Gizem
Istanbul Technical University

I am a PhD student and research assistant in the Department of Art History at Istanbul Technical University. I am interested in Ancient Greek Art and Architecture, especially the archaic period. My MA thesis was “Larisa (Buruncuk) Excavations: History, Bureaucracy and Information regarding architectural finds”

Frances McIntosh –

I am currently nearing the end of my PhD working on the Clayton Collection. This is a group of material excavated on Hadrian’s Wall in the 19th century by John Clayton, lawyer, Town Clerk and antiquarian. More information can be found on my university page below, and the blog I recently wrote at work. A large part of my work has been understanding the context in which Clayton was working, and the networks he was part of.
In my other life I am the Curator of Roman Collections for English Heritage on Hadrian’s Wall, where I look after the collections for the four sites; Corbridge, Chesters, Housesteads and Birdoswald, that English Heritage manage. At all the sites early excavations have shaped our understanding of the archaeology so getting to grips with antiquarians and early archaeologists is key.

My research areas include; Roman material culture, Hadrian’s Wall from the Roman period to now, 19th century antiquarian study and the Iron Age- Roman transition.

Means, Bernard K.
Virtual Curation Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bernard K. Means has a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Physics from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University, Tempe. His dissertation research involved applying new theories and cutting-edge technologies to American Indian village sites from southwestern Pennsylvania, many excavated during the 1930s by New Deal archaeologists. Dr. Means’s scholarly pursuits include reconstructing American Indian village life from cross-cultural studies of village spatial and social organizations, the research potential of archaeological collections, and the history of archaeology across the Americas, especially during the Great Depression. He is author of Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition (2007) and editor of and contributor to the Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America (2013), as well as numerous articles on the Monongahela tradition and New Deal archaeology.  Dr. Means currently teaches archaeology courses at the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and is director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, which is creating three-dimensional digital models of archaeological objects used for teaching, research, and public outreach. The Virtual Curation Laboratory is a research effort currently funded by the Department of Defense’s Legacy Program. Research in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Dr. Means and his students is regularly published in archaeology journals, including “Virtual Artifact Curation of the Historical Past and the Next Engine Desktop 3D Scanner” by Bernard K. Means, Ashley McCuistion (VCU alumnus) and Courtney Bowles (VCU Alumnus) in Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology 7: 1-12. Papers related to work in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Dr. Means and his students were also recently published in 2014 in the Pennsylvania Archaeologist and the Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia. He is also chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s History of Archaeology Interest Group (HAIG).

Meheux, Katie
Deputy Librarian at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL

In my role as Deputy Librarian of the Institute of Archaeology Library, I am working with UCL Special Collections and with staff within the Institute of Archaeology to produce a coherent overview of the Institute’s archives holdings with the ultimate aim of integrating these materials into teaching and research at the Institute. The Institute has recently inherited two well-preserved student archives from the 1950s and I’ve become particularly interested in what we can learn from student archives, which are rarely preserved or actively pursued as part of archiving policies. I’m fascinated by the light these archives shed on processes of learning and teaching in archaeology and how they allow us to see the ideas and research of key figures in archaeology, notably Gordon Childe and Kathleen Kenyon, differently – as they were transmitted and transcribed within in a contemporary learning context, as both conscious and unconscious acts.

Mergen, Jost
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg

I am a PhD-student at the University of Freiburg, department of archaeological studies. My thesis is about early research on the Roman Limes in western Germany, especially the Rhine-area around 1800. The roman fort of Niederbieber (Distr. Neuwied, Rhineland-Palatinate) is one of the most important dated sites in roman archaeology of Germany. The first excavations were carried out in 1791 by Christian Friedrich Hoffmann, who was the private-teacher of the three Wiedian princes in the castle of Neuwied. The Princely-Wiedian Archive includes more than 1000 handwritten sources, which haven’t been analysed so far. Regarding to the excavations in Niederbieber and the early research of the Roman frontier, the archive is a source of enormous value for the history and the development of systematic (roman) archaeology, archaeological museums and heritage management in Germany. The study is financed by the PhD-scholarship of the German Limes-Commission (

Michalakas, Silas

Mihajlović, Vladimir V.
Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Vladimir V. Mihajlović is a research assistant at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His research interests include the history of archaeology, Balkan and Central European studies, the relation of archaeology and text. Currently, he is also working on his PhD thesis “Luigi F. Marsigli and the reception of classical heritage in Serbian archaeology” at the University of Belgrade. The thesis is focused on questions of production, and subsequent transmission and reception of archaeological knowledge. These questions are focalized through a biography of Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli, Bolognese count and Habsburg imperial officer, but also a member of the pan-European scientific community. Working in the antiquarian tradition, Marsigli published one of the first chorographies and collections of archaeological material from the Balkans, making one of the first steps in establishing of the archaeology of Serbia. The aim of this project is to show how study of a personal biography could lead to re-reading of biographies of landscape as well as of biographies of regional archaeologies i.e. their pre-disciplinary forms.

Miller, Martin
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Stuttgart

Martin Miller has studied classical archaeology, ancient history and art history at the universities of Tübingen and Perugia. His Ph.D. dissertation (1992) was on fortifications in Italy from the 8th to 3rd centuries BCE, after which he was rewarded a travel grant from the German Archaeological Institute. From 1994 to 1999 he worked at the Antikensammlung of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, especially with the museum archives. Martin Miller has excavated in Orvieto, Fregellae (Ceprano), Castellina del Marangone (Civitavecchia), and Canco Roano (Zalamea de la Serena, Spain), as well as fieldwork (field survey) in Kyaneai (Lycia). Since 2002 he is a member of the Italian Institute of Culture in Stuttgart. Miller has studied the history archaeology for many years, especially the history of Etruscology. His most important works include a biography of the classical archaeologist Otto Wilhelm von Vacano, and studies on German archaeologists and linguists and the Istituto di Studi Etruschi before the second world war, Alfred Rosenberg, and the Etruscans and Rome. For more information, please visit

Moltesen, Mette

Momigliano, Nicoletta
University of Bristol

My main research interests comprise Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, the history of scholarship in this subject, and the history of archaeology as well as Classical studies more generally. I have a special interest in the history of Minoan studies and in the reception of the Minoans (i.e. modern responses to the material culture of Minoan Crete). I have also directed and co-directed archaeological projects in Greece (Crete) and in Turkey.

Moshenska, Gabriel
University College London

I have a number of research interests in the history of archaeology, mostly focusing on the period 1830 to 1940. I am interested in the history of alternative or ‘fringe’ archaeologies including the works of Laurence Austine Waddell and Harold Bayley, and the frankly nutty uses of archaeology by the British Israelites, a nationalist Anglican sect. My recent work, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowship, has focused on the history of archaeological research as public spectacle. I am convinced that looking at archaeology has a deep epistemic significance, but I’m damned if I can figure out what it is. This work to date has included a study of Mortimer Wheeler’s motives and strategies for publicising his work at Maiden Castle, and an ever-growing project on Egyptian mummy unrolling as a popular spectacle in Victorian Britain. This last has dragged me into the history of archaeological analytical sciences, the institutionalisation of archaeology in the nineteenth century, and the intimate medical concerns of eminent Egyptologists.

As a break from all of the above I have written on the history of archaeological heritage protection in wartime, and begun studies of late Victorian antiquarianism in the works of M.R. James and Rudyard Kipling, particularly the Puck stories. I also conduct excavations on a variety of sites in North London to remind myself why I fell in love with archaeology in the first place.

Motshwane, Sela
University of Cambridge

I was born and bred in Botswana. I studied plant sciences & horticulture. Moved to the UK in 2000. I started the diploma in archaeology in 2008 & finishing this June. I also am doing an undergraduate certificate in International Development. I am interdisciplinary, keen to know where we come from (archaeology) and where, as a people, we are going (development). My interest is gender archaeology; going through the data to find the women and their contribution to societies.

Murray, Timothy
LaTrobe University

Tim Murray is Charles La Trobe Professor of Archaeology at La Trobe University, where he has been teaching since 1986. During that time he also taught archaeology at universities in Australia, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and the People’s Republic of China. Murray has published over 30 books, among the most recent being From Antiquarian to Archaeologist: The history and philosophy of archaeology (Pen and Sword Press: 2014), edited with Alain Schanpp, Lothar von Falkenhausen and Peter Miller World Antiquarianism: Comparative Perspectives (Getty Research Institute 2013) and a single volume history of Archaeology, Milestones in Archaeology (ABC-Clio, 2007), as well as over 160 book chapters and journal articles. His current field research is focused on three major projects under the overall research program Building Transnational Archaeologies of the Modern World 1750-1950, which compares domestic assemblages from sites in Melbourne, Sydney and London to write new social histories of migrant populations. His major research interests are: the history and philosophy of archaeology, theoretical archaeology, Australian prehistoric and historical archaeology, global historical archaeology and archaeological heritage management. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Murray is editor in chief of The Bulletin of the History of Archaeology.

Mytum, Harold
Director, Centre for Manx Studies,
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool, UK

My particular interest at the moment is researching Gerhard Bersu, in particular during his internment on the Isle of Man when he carried out a number of important excavations. In 2011 we re-excavated one of his sites, Ballanorris, and hope to look at two more this summer, Ballacagen A and Ballacagen B. I am researching Bersu’s methods of excavation and recording, and comparing these with our own, using his surviving archived site records. I am also investigating the context of Bersu’s knowledge creation in that unsual internment setting, the role of his wife Maria, and Bersu’s relationships with other internees, the Manx people, and other archaeologists (the last largely through letters).


Naunton, Chris
Deputy Director of the Egypt Exploration Society

Chris’ research focuses on the history of archaeology in Egypt and of Egyptology in general, with particular focus on the work of the Egypt Exploration Society. He is particularly interested in the extent to which the Society’s focus on promoting its work to the public and the need to raise funds from private sources influenced its research agenda and publications, and the development of collections of Egyptian material outside Egypt; the effect this had on the development of Egyptology and public understanding of ancient Egypt. He has been in charge of the EES archives since 2004, and director of the EES Oral History of Egyptology Project, and is currently overseeing the publication of Who Was Who in Egyptology (fourth edition) which is due to appear in 2012.

Nicolae, Catalin I.
“Vasile Pârvan” Institute of Archaeology, Romanian Academy,Bucharest.

I’m a young archaeologist, photographer and curator of the photographic archive at the “Vasile Pârvan” Institute of Archaeology, The Romanian Academy, in Bucharest, Romania. I’m currently finishing my PhD (at the University of Bucharest) about the development of prehistoric archaeology in Romania in the early 20th century. The thesis focuses on the work and life of Ioan Andrieșescu (1888-1944), the first professor of prehistoric archaeology in Romania, at the University of Bucharest. Between 2005 – 2008 I was part of the Romanian team in the EC funded “AREA IV, Archives of European Archaeology” project. My research interests include the history of Romanian archaeology, archaeologists at the public radio, historical photography and archaeology, history of aerial archaeology, and history of archaeological congresses.


O’Connor, Brendan
Brendan O’Connor has been active in archaeology for more than fifty years and is specialist in Bronze Age metalwork of western Europe.  He lives in Scotland.


Palermo, Rocco
University of Naples Federico II

I am currently holder of a post-doc fellowship at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). My primary research interests include the landscape archaeology of the Near East in the Graeco-Roman period and the material culture studies of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East. My PhD thesis which is about to be published in early 2015 is about the settlement pattern and the cultural interactions in Northern Mesopotamia during the roman period (2nd – 4th CE). I worked in Italy, Syria and Jordan and side 2011 I am involved in the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project which is a multidisciplinary survey and excavation project in Iraqi Kurdistan, and since 2012 I am member also of the Mission Archéologique Française dans le Gouvernorat de Souleymanieh (IFPO, Erbil, Iraq).


Petruț, Dávid

Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and an archaeologist at the Mureș County Museum in Târgu-Mureș, specialized in Roman archaeology. Lately I shifted my focus towards various aspects concerning the beginnings of Roman archaeology in Transylvania and Hungary, particularly the interactions between archaeological and historical discourse related to the Roman past of the region (i.e. the Roman provinces of Dacia and Pannonia) and the national aspirations and projects of the local political elites (Hungarian, Romanian and German), against the backdrop of the leading ideological movements in Europe at the time. Primarily I wish to examine to what extent did this interaction shape the discourse related to the history of the Roman province and how this particular case of antiquity reception influenced national ideologies in Transylvania. Furthermore I am set on exploring the possible connections between the cultural politics of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (from 1867 till 1918) and the Roman archaeology, especially whether ‘imperial thought’ had anything to do with this.

Perry, Sara
University of York

My research centres on the implication of visual media in the institutionalisation of academic archaeology in Britain. My general interests converge on issues of visualisation and knowledge creation; early 20th century archaeology; image making and the development of archaeological theory and practice; visuality and archaeological teaching and training; the history and politics of UK and North American academic departments of archaeology/anthropology; and visual materials, methods and the history of visual media use in archaeology.

Phillips, Jacke

I’m interested in the history of archaeology in the areas in which I work (East Med/NE Africa) as well as the surrounding areas, especially to the early 20th century. I am also interested in relationships between archaeologists, between archaeologists and their patrons and between archaeologists from different countries, that is in how they worked differently in different countries. The relationships between the history of the country’s archaeology and its present antiquities legislation and organisation also fascinate me. I’ve been focusing on Petrie and the contribution of his work in the Aegean to the development of Aegean archaeology over the years and on the early travellers to the region and the contribution of ‘amateurs’ to archaeological development (I’ve been an ASTENE member for a decade or so).

Pietroletti, Irene
University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

I am a Ph.D. Student in Classical Antiquity and Tradition at University of Rome Tor Vergata. My research interests include the history of archeology, the history of the protection of cultural heritage, and museum design. My PhD research concerns the history of the Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme di Diocleziano from its foundation in 1889 until the beginning of World War II. Through archival research I was able to reconstruct the profile of the characters, the story and the facts that led to the creation of the first large state museum of antiquities of Rome . The heritage of this museum was established, over the years, through the archaeological finds brought to light by the works  for the renovation of the city ,which  took place immediately after the unification of Italy. Reconstructing the history of the Museum, therefore, means to reconstruct the history of the excavations of Rome.

Pilutti Namer, Myriam
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

I studied archaeology in Ca’ Foscari University (Venice) and I had my PhD in Pisa (Scuola Normale Superiore). My affiliations are both Ca’ Foscari and the Scuola Normale. My research interests are History of Venetian Archaeology, especially relating to Giacomo Boni; Roman Archaeology; Archaeology and new media (especially history of photography). With my colleagues Lorenzo Calvelli and Michela Agazzi I organized a meeting in Venice (see attachment) on the history of Saint Mark’s bell tower. I founded too, with other colleagues, the international on-line journal MDCCC1800, whose a section is dedicated to antiquarianism and history of European archaeology:

Pizzato, Fedra Alessandra
Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice/Universitat de Barcelona

I am a PhD student in Social History at the University Ca’ Foscari (Venice – Italy) and, thanks to a co-tutelage, at the Universitat de Barcelona (Spain). My doctoral dissertation deals with the History of Prehistoric Studies and Nationalism in Italy between 1871 and 1920 (Theories of populations and Italian nation building. The contributes of Paletnology, Anthropology and Archaeology to Italian national debate (1871-1920)). In particular, I am investigating the relationship between the early development of Paletnology and Paleo-Anthropology and the Italian nation building process. I am also examining the connections between local and official Archaeology in northern Italy to underline the multiplicity of contributes to the invention of regionals and national identities in the period immediately after the unification of the Kingdom of Italy.

Plutniak, Sébastien

Ecole Française de Rome, History and Social Sciences Department

Sébastien Plutniak is a sociologist of science and a prehistoric archaeologist. His interests are focused on the history and sociology of archaeology in the 20th century. In his PhD thesis, he scrutinized the relationships between archaeologists, and mathematicians and computer scientists. He developed a socio-historical approach using scientometric, sequence analysis, and social network methods, that he applied to the cases of research groups from France, Spain and Italy.

He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the École française de Rome. Beside his work in social studies of science, Sébastien Plutniak is also a field archaeologist, graduated from the EHESS, operating in South East Asia, with a specialization in pottery analysis.

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Powell, Judy or 

The University of Queensland

I have had a varied career in archaeology, history, museums and cultural heritage. I was a Fellow at the Australian Archaeological Association in Athens and worked on a fishbone collection at the Fitch Laboratory BSA. My doctoral thesis on prehistoric fishing in the Aegean was published in the SIMA series and I went on to study the fishbone collection from the Mesolithic/Neolithic site of Youra in the North Aegean.  I worked for over fifteen years in Australian museum and cultural heritage – in particular environmental and forest history – with Queensland National Parks. At The Queensland Museum, I became interested in the stories of collectors. 

I returned to Mediterranean archaeology when I gained access to the extensive personal archive of Eve Stewart. Eve and her husband Jim Stewart – the first person to teach archaeology at an Australian university and the first Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Sydney University – both worked on Cyprus. The book was published in 2013

I believe in bringing the past alive – and in that vein, am working on a series of historical crime novels!

Pope, Rachel
Liverpool University

Rachel is the Lecturer in Later European Prehistory at the University of Liverpool Rachel is an expert on the history of women in British archaeology, and will be an asset to HARN in many ways, and with applying for funding.

Price, Megan
Independent researcher into histories of archaeology and teacher of archaeology.

20th Century approaches to prehistoric archaeology especially C.F.C Hawkes and his networks in Europe; overlooked 19th century amateurs and societies; collections of archaeological images (lanternslides, photographs paintings).

Prtak, Emily

University of Liverpool, Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

I am a MRes Archaeology student at the University of Liverpool, under the supervision of Dr Rachel Pope. My dissertation concentrates on Molly Cotton’s unpublished 1930s hillfort archive, held at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford. I will be writing a history of the development of British hillfort studies, mapping Cotton’s hillfort research with GIS, and critically assessing her methods and contribution to the area of research. My interest is in prehistoric archaeology, but also in how the history of the discipline of archaeology is created. I hope that my work can contribute towards the movement of highlighting the work of female archaeologists in Britain in the early 20th century; one of my research outcomes will be a biography of Molly Cotton’s working life.

Pruitt, Tera
University of Cambridge

Tera has recently finished her Ph.D. at Cambridge in ‘authoritative’ accounts of the past and the production of knowledge in archaeology. She is interested in invention and reinvention in archaeology, heritage reconstructions, the politics of display, science communication, and education vs. entertainment debates.



Reeve, Anna 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

Reeves Flores, Jodi

My doctoral thesis centers on the nature of replicative experiments in archaeological research. The aims are to evaluate the role of experiment in archaeology in terms of how, and in what context it, is used by practitioners; what influences individuals or institutions to use (or not use) experiment in their research of the past; how the experimental archaeology is developed as a method through education and indoctrination; and the relationship between the use of experiment in practice and how it is presented and perceived both by ‘experimental archaeologists’ and the wider archaeological community. As part of this research I am employing both historical and ethnographic sources.

Reymann, Andy
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Institut für archäologische Wissenschaften

Mein Name ist Andy Reymann. Ich selbst promoviere gerade an der Wolfgang-Goethe Universität Frankfurt. DFG Projekt: “Das religions-ethnologische Konzept des ´Schamanen´ in der prähistorischen Archäologie am Beispiel von Sonderbestattungen des Endneolithikums und der Frühbronzezeit in Mitteleuropa.”

Das religions-ethnologische Konzept des ‘Schamanen’ in der prähistorischen Archäologie am Beispiel von ausgewählten Sonderbestattungen des Endneolithikums und der Frühbronzezeit in Mitteleuropa (DFG-gefördertes Forschungsprojekt der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

Bei der Interpretation prähistorischer Grabbefunde bilden ethnologische Analogien eine wichtige Hilfe. Dabei bedient sich die Archäologie nicht nur im Hinblick auf Fragen bezüglich der Verwendungsweise von Artefakten bei der Nachbarwissenschaft, sondern auch wenn es darum geht Hypothesen zu Sozialstruktur und gesellschaftlichen Systemen aufzustellen. Bei dem Begriff ´Schamane´ handelt es sich um eine Entlehnung aus der Ethnologie, die heutzutage in der prähistorischen Archäologie als gängiger Terminus verwendet wird. Allerdings zeichnet sich der verwendete Begriff dadurch aus, dass er komplett auf die ethnologischen Erfahrungen aus dem Alltag indigener Gemeinschaften beschränkt ist und nicht ohne weiteres auf prähistorische Bestattungen angewendet werden kann. Zudem muss der ´Schamane´ als sehr komplexes Phänomen verstanden werden, dass auch in der Ethnologie und der Religionswissenschaft als umstritten gilt. Ein Forschungsprogramm setzt sich zum Ziel, diesen problematischen Begriff neu zu definieren und dadurch für prähistorische Grabbefunde anwendbar zu machen. Der so neu konzipierte Arbeitsbegriff soll dann beispielhaft auf Sonderbestattungen des Endneolithikums und der Frühbronzezeit (3.-2. Jt. v. Chr.) angewendet werden. Aus dieser Zeit, in der durch die aufkommende Bronzemetallurgie ein extremer Wandel der sozialen Werte beginnt, ist eine große Anzahl von Bestattungen bekannt, die nicht der ansonsten relativ einheitlichen Norm entsprechen. Es wird zu untersuchen sein, ob diese Normabweichungen im Bestattungskult kategorisierbare Tendenzen aufweisen und diese sich mit dem Begriff ´Schamane´ erklären lassen.

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Roberts, Julia

I’m one of the HARN administrators and currently write the weekly blog post here at HARN. It’s intended to cover news of conferences, publications and other items of interest to our members, however, my private life has a habit of creeping in! Contact me here if you’d like me to publicise an event or if you’d like to contribute a post.

Away from HARN I’m an honorary research fellow in the archaeology department at UCLan.  My research has primarily focused on British archaeology in the first half of the 20th century. I am particularly interested in the ways archaeology reflected and reinforced the contemporary understandings of class, gender and colonialism. I’ve always been interested in the history of fieldwork techniques and my more recent research investigates how new techniques developed alongside the theoretical change from culture history to processualism, and how the nature of archaeology was modified by the setting up of Rescue, the IFA, and local trusts and units.

Robert William, Subhashini

King’s College London

I am a PhD student at King’s College London. My research project aims to study the history of archaeology and literature in the nineteenth-century. I argue that the emergence of the discipline in the mid-nineteenth century problematised the status of archaeology this time. Influenced by concepts of antiquarianism and geology, the figure of the archaeologist remained ambivalent throughout the period. Focusing on two important excavations in the nineteenth-century to contextualise my research- Firstly, the excavation of Pompeii in the early nineteenth-century and the discovery of Nineveh in the mid-nineteenth century, this project examines the vital role of museums in the reproduction of archaeological knowledge during this time and how archaeology transgresses the literary form and the different types of narratives published in the press by both archaeologists and novelists.

Drawing from a range of Victorian novels, theorists and genres that engage with the discussions of archaeology during this time, this project draws on the work of Charles Lyell, Sigmund Freud, Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Marie Corelli, Arthur Machen, M.R.James and Rider Haggard, in order to investigate the various ways in which archaeology transgresses the narrative in both form and content during this period


Rogers, Bev
University of Swansea

I completed my BA in Egyptology in 2006 and have since then been working towards a PhD at Swansea University. My area of research concentrates on the Reverend William MacGregor, an amateur Egyptologist and collector of Egyptian antiquities, where I am considering his influence on the growth of Egyptology in the late 19th century, looking at the opportunities available for collectors during this period and finally the importance of MacGregor’s collection to the discipline today. As part of my thesis I am also considering the growth of Egyptology in Victorian England and am interested in Victorian collectors as a whole.

Rosner, Chloe
Centre d’Histoire des Sciences Po, Paris

I am a PhD Candidate in History at the Center for History of Sciences Po, Paris. I am a French-American student, currently living in Jerusalem, as part of the French Research Center. The subject of my PhD is “Social History of Archaeology in Jerusalem from 1900 to 1967”. More precisely, I am interested in the (biographies of) archaeologists who were part of archaeological organizations that functioned in connection with / recognized by the Zionist movement, such as : the Jewish Palestine Exploration Society and the Hebrew University, and Israeli archeologists who worked between 1948 and 1967 as part of the University or the Antiquities Department. The idea is to create an exhaustive biographical database of archaeologists in order to approach the History of Archaeology. This work is the continuation of my M.A thesis about the work and life of Ehud Netzer, an Israeli archaeologist who was interested in Herodian archaeology. I am still defining and trying to find the appropriate approaches and perspectives (mostly about space and appropriate terms), and I am currently working on methodologies, and this is where I came across HARN.

Ruiz Martinez, Apen (Carmen)
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Apen (Carmen) Ruiz Martinez (MA Stanford; Ph.D  Anthropology University of Texas at Austin) is an archaeologist specialized in the history of Latin American archaeology. Her research interests include women in archaeological practice, archaeological heritage, nationalism and uses of the past. She has written several articles on  collecting practices (Antipoda), gender and archaeology (Cuadernos Pagu, Cuicuilco). Her book entitled “Insiders and Outsiders in Mexican Archaeology (1890-1920) is about to be published by the Museo de Antropologia in Mexico City. Currently she is based in Barcelona, where she teaches at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and in an Erasmus Mundus M.A on International Cooperation at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. In the context of this MA she oriented a student who wrote a thesis on heritage and international cooperation in Nepal. Currently she is oriented an MA student who works on the role of social platforms around the theme of heritage in urban renewal projects in Barcelona.
Besides teaching and research, since she returned to Barcelona in 2004, she has worked as an archaeological consultant, and did several projects focusing on vernacular landscapes and dry stone heritage in Tarragona. She is currently a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP)

Jessica Dello Russo /

I am a final year doctoral student (third cycle) in archaeology at the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana (PIAC) in Rome and (since 2015) executive director of the International Catacomb Society in Boston, MA ( This organization sponsors an annual scholarship in archaeology and related disciplines. The title of my PIAC doctoral thesis is: “Between Rome and the Levant: The Architecture, Setting, and Cultural Significance of Late Antique Burials in Rome.”

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