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Salas-Álvarez, Jesús
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

Jesús Salas-Álvarez is Professor of the history of archaeology at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was a Fellow of Archaeology at the Spanish School of History, Archeology and Fine Arts in Rome (1995) and Fellow of the Fundación Caja in Madrid (2002-2004). He has been involved in archaeological fieldwork in various parts of Spain. At present, his lines of research focus on the history of archeology in sixteenth-century Spain, in the archaeology of Roman Hispania, and in Roman Mining, areas in which he has been involved in numerous projects over the years. Salas-Álvarez has directed several research papers on the history and historiography of archaeology and is a member of the Spanish Society for the History of Archaeology (SEHA) and the Institute of Historiography Julio Caro Baroja. For publications and further information, please visit:úsSalasAlvarez

Sánchez Salas, Francisco
University of Barcelona, Spain

I am a doctoral student in the Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Barcelona. I have a BA in History and an M.A. in Archaeology and Heritage Management, both from the University of Alcalá. I have been awarded a predoctoral fellowship by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in order to develop a doctoral thesis on the international contacts of Spanish archeology in the twentieth century. My research focuses on the history of Spanish archaeology in Italy. I am exploring who were the main Spanish archaeologists working in Italy and the relations between Spanish and Italian archeologist in the twentieth century.

Santa, Bela University of Liverpool

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

Schlanger, Nathan

Nathan Schlanger (PhD. Cambridge, 1995). My research and teaching activities have developed along three overlapping directions: (1) Technology and material culture studies in archaeology and anthropology, (2) History of archaeology, (3) Archaeological heritage management, politics and policies.

Regarding the History of archaeology, I have been interested in the material, social and ideological contexts of the production and use of knowledge about the prehistoric past. One focus is on the emergence and development of Stone Age studies in 19th century Europe. Some recent work has concerned the influence of antiquarian and specifically numismatic practices on stone artefact studies, and questions of progress, development and seriality in material culture before and after Darwin. I have also begun to draw together some preliminary leads regarding the political economy of archaeological practice, including the relations between manual and intellectual labour in the history of the discipline. Another research strand has concerned the century long history of archaeology in sub-Saharan Africa as a distinctive illustration of national mobilisation in colonial and post-colonial contexts. These research have notably included the ‘rediscovery’ of an archaeological tradition in Afrikaans, as well as terminological debates between colonies and metropole.
Much of this research has been conducted in the framework of the EC funded AREA network – Archives of European Archaeology (1999- 2008), where scholars have been drawing on archival as well as published sources to gain new understanding on the making of archaeology. Activities of the AREA network resulted among others in the special section of Antiquity in 2002, the volumes Archives, Ancestors, Practices (ed. with J. Nordbladh, 2008), The Making of European Archaeology (travelling exhibition, 2008) and Sites of Memory, Between Scientific Research and Collective Representations (ed. with J. Marikova-Kubkova, S. Lévin 2008).

Sebire, Heather
English Heritage

I am currently English Heritage Historic Property Curator for the west territory working with multi-period sites including Stonehenge. I have been in post with English Heritage for 7 years and am based in the Bristol office. I have been curator to the Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Project since 2010 and now curator of the site in general along with other sites in English Heritage guardianship in the west of England. In my professional role I often use archaeological archives when researching how EH sites have been managed in the past.

Current personal research interests include the legibility and presentation of monuments, particularly addressing how monuments are presented to the public and the life history of monuments. Formerly States Archaeologist on Guernsey in the Channel Islands my doctoral research was in History of Archaeology placing the archive of the remarkable Lukis family in a European setting. I have read conference papers on various members of the Lukis family and their place in 19th century antiquarianism both in the UK and also many parts of Europe. Other research interests include the Neolithic period focussing on megaliths along the Atlantic façade and island archaeology. Following on from field work in Guernsey and my antiquarian research I have published many journal papers and several books.

Seymour, Michael

Research interests in the history and politics of archaeology in the Middle East, particularly Iraq. My work has focused on Babylon, examining both the history of exploration and excavation at the site itself and the city’s very rich history of representation in art and literature. I was co-curator of the recent British Museum exhibition ‘Babylon: Myth and Reality,’ and am currently preparing a monograph based on my doctoral thesis ‘The Idea of Babylon: Archaeology and Representation in Mesopotamia.’

Sheppard, Kathleen L.
Department of History and Social Science
Missouri University of Science and Technology

My first book, a scientific biography of Margaret Murray was published in 2013 by Lexington Books.  It is titled: The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology.  I continue my research interest in British Egyptology in the late-19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on women in the profession.  My next project is about British Egyptologists in Cairo in the same period.  I am assistant professor at Missouri S&T in the history department, and I teach history of science, so my interests are quite broad.  I’m on and you can follow me on Twitter: @k8shep

Siapkas, Johannes

Johannes Siapkas
Independent Scholar
My research focuses on epistemologies, theories and historiographies relevant to classical archaeology and ancient history, including appropriations of the classical legacy in modernity. My research is based on critical theories and narrativist/constructivist discourses. From this point of view I have elaborated on (1) how modern theories of ethnicity have influenced our conceptualizations of classical Greece, (2) how art theories have influenced our views on classical sculpture and the discursive associations with museum exhibitions of ancient sculpture, (3) how anthropological discourses have been appropriated in classical studies, and (4) on the current neo-empirical/ontological reconfiguration of archaeological empiricism. These studies are all part of a wider ongoing project which explores the discursive landscape of classical studies.
For further information, please visit my academia page:

Sibbesson, Emilie.
School of Humanities
Canterbury Christ Church University

I’m a lecturer in archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and have research interests in food technology, histories of agriculture, and the history of archaeology. My research project ‘Telling Time: Oscar Montelius and Britain’ explores the exchange of ideas between Montelius and his British contemporaries through study of the correspondence preserved in the Montelius collection of the Antiquarian-Topographical Archive (ATA) in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sijnesael, Wendy
University of Bristol

I am in the third year of my PhD in History of Art (co-supervised Classics and Ancient History). The reception of antiquity has always been my main research interest and the Dutch-born Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) constitutes a versatile case-study. The working title for my thesis is: ‘Between Materiality and Imagination: Alma-Tadema’s Use of Antiquities’ and the aim of this project is to show the impact of the source material available to the artist on the way artefacts – both ancient and modern – materialise in his paintings, literally bringing out his resourcefulness.

Smith, Pamela Jane
University of Cambridge

Pamela founded the immensely popular “Personal Histories Project” ( in 2006 and HARN in 2008 ( Previous to that, since the early 1990s, she has specialised in gendered interpretations and cultural history of twentieth-century British archaeology as well as oral history of British and North American archaeology. She is especially interested in geography-of-knowledge approaches, the processes of institutionalisation of academic knowledge, interconnections between religious beliefs, archaeology and empire and tea-rooms. You can read some of her Garrod work on If you are interested in Pamela’s oral-history panels, please check the University of Cambridge’s SMS sites or facebook Personal Histories films are also loaded on iTunesU.

Snead, James

I have been working on the history of archaeology since the early 1990s. My book Ruins and Rivals: The Making of Southwest Archaeology explores the complex social, political, and institutional dynamics of the study of antiquity in the American Southwest between 1890 and 1920. Ongoing research emphasizes the construction of communities of interest and the distinctive conditions under which the archaeological study of the “radical other” in North America was used in the construction of local and regional identities. This will be examined in detail in a work in progress, entitled Encountering Antiquity: The Public and the Past in 19th century America.

Soar, Katy
Open University

I received my PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2009, with a thesis entitled ‘An Archaeology of Minoan Performance’, and I am currently an Associate Lecturer and Honorary Research Associate at the Open University.

My PhD was on performative approaches to archaeological material from Minoan Crete, in which I explored the role of performance in the creation of social and political structures in Bronze Age Crete. Lately I have become particularly interested in the development of archaeological  and anthropological thinking during the 19th century, and how this affected both the practice and reception of archaeology. In relation to my earlier research, I am interested in how these developments, particularly those of the Cambridge Ritualists, affected the interpretation and reception of Minoan archaeology, and – again tied to my PhD research – how this was reflected in contemporary performance and art. I am also interested in how these developments were incorporated in late 19th century gothic and horror literature, particularly in the works of Arthur Machen.

Steinel, Monica

Stenhouse, William
Yeshiva University, New York

I work on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century reception of Greek and Roman antiquities: locating, collecting, publishing, etc. I’ve published two books on the collection and study of classical inscriptions, and I’m now working on late renaissance histories of Greece and a wider examination of the understanding of antiquities in this period. More the prehistory than the history of archaeology! For more info, please visit my page.

Stevenson, Alice
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London

I am the Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL. The primary sources for my research have always been museum collections and archives related to early excavations and fieldwork. Utilizing these resources I have explored a range of themes in prehistoric archaeology, but these have also formed departure points for my related interest in the history of the disciplines of archaeology and anthropology. These two areas of research inform each other and I am interested in taking a comparative and historically informed approach to my writing and analysis. I have worked with a broad range of archaeological material, especially during my post-doctoral research in the Pitt Rivers Museum (2009-12), but I have a particular interest in Neolithic-Early Bronze Age Egypt and surrounding areas.
I have published various articles on the history of archaeology, primarily focussing on the period between 1860 and 1960, including pieces on A.H.L.F. Pitt-Rivers, W.M. Flinders Petrie, V. Gordon Childe, Winifred S. Blackman and the South African amateur archaeologist James A. Swan. Other works have looked at the history of experimental archaeology, the changing relationship between Egyptology, archaeology and anthropology, and the history of the collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum. One of my ongoing projects is a study of the relationship between field archaeology and museum practice, particularly through case studies of the distribution of artefacts from excavations in Egypt to museums around the world.
In my role as Curator of the Petrie Museum I am responsible for not only artefacts, but also for the archival collections that are linked with these, including correspondence, excavation notes, diaries and photographs amongst other many other things. If anyone is interested in accessing these materials or would like more information about the Museum’s holdings they are very welcome to get in touch.

Stobbe, Jeltsje
University of Amsterdam

I am a researcher at the University of Amsterdam. I am interested in knowledge practices as studied in science studies and anthropology of knowledge. In line with this I have developed an interest in history of archaeology, especially in: 1) histories of methods and techniques in practice (fieldwork, finds analysis, archiving, everything inbetween), and 2) histories of metabolic thought in nineteenth century medical science and philosophy, and how these have had an effect on Italian anthropology and archaeology.


Sutton, Catherine

Victoria University, University of Toronto

History of Archaeology, Material Culture, Material Culture of Colonization in Canada


Sutton, Catherine
York University

I am writing an historical ethnography of the culture of archaeological interests in Simcoe County, Ontario Canada between 1820 and 1900. Formerly the Wendat/Huron homelands, the discovery of large ossuaries in the area by colonial settlers roused the curiosity of British military men posted in the region, surveyors, Jesuit antiquarians, local collectors and emerging professional archaeologists. I am bringing together the unpublished maps, artifact drawings, prints, photographs and lantern slides produced by these diverse archaeological surveys, and considering the ways their visualizations contributed to early Canadian nation building efforts to represent the past.

Sveshnikova, Olga
Omsk F.M. Dostoevsky State University

presently – Research Center for East European Studies, University of Bremen

Specialist in the history of Soviet and post-Soviet archaeology; studies the relationship between archaeology and society. PhD Thesis A Historical Interpretation of the Archaeological Record in the Soviet Archaeology (late 1920’s – 1950’s) (2006). Currently studies the everyday life of archaeological expeditions and the phenomenon of unskilled participants in archaeological expeditions (amateurs and hired workers). Actively uses the methods of oral history and visual anthropology.

Szabo, Csaba
University of Pécs (HU) – Erfurt Universität (DE)

Finishing his B.A. and M.A. studies in classical archaeology and ancient history at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj (Romania), Csaba Szabó is currently a Ph.D. candidate of archaeology and ancient history at the University of Pécs, Hungary and at the Max Weber Kolleg in Erfurt. Since October 2014 he is member of the LAR (Lived Ancient Religion) project and it’s new, joint project (Sanctuaries Project), directed by prof. dr. Jörg Rüpke and prof. dr. Greg Woolf. His research interest is focused on the religious life of Apulum (Dacia), the cult of Mithras in Dacia and the historiography of Roman religious studies in Romania. He is a member of  the Association of Romanian Archaeologists and editor of the Géza Alföldy, Roman Religion and I love Apulum Facebook pages.

Sultana, Sharon
Heritage Malta

Sharon Sultana is the Senior Curator of the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, MALTA. Being responsible for the national archaeological collections and the archival material in the museum’s library, her research interests include past excavations’ field notebooks and correspondences of past archaeologists. She is currently carrying out background research for her PhD proposal and is interested in Life Writings. She has authored a number of papers and is co-editor of ‘Tesserae’, Heritage Malta’s biannual publication.


Tantaleán, Henry
Universidad San Marcos en Lima
and Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos

Henry is currently researching the History of Peruvianarchaeology and editing a book based on a Symposia co-ordinated by himself over the last year. He received his Ph.D four years ago at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Tattersall, Richard

Richard’s MA dissertation, at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, focused on the interwar work of famed ‘barrow hunter’ L.V. Grinsell, with particular reference to the popularisation of British field archaeology and its connections with the ‘outdoors movement’. Richard is now researching a number of topics relating to British field archaeology from the late Victorian era to the mid-20th century, with an emphasis on its connections with the wider social world, the importance of place and the material culture in which it was grounded. He is well acquainted with the art and literature of the era and therefore adds broader cultural perspectives to the historical interpretation of archaeological practice.

Teslenko, Dmytro
Taras Shevchenko Kyiv, National University in Kiev

PhD (candidate of science) since 1999 at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University in Kiev. From 2006 I have been working on the history of archaeology on two main directions: Archaeological researches in Ukraine under the Nazi occupation (1941-1944) and Historiography of the Early Bronze age archaeology of Northern Pontic area.

Thanos, Christo,
the Netherlands

Christo Thanos studied Prehistory of Northwest Europe at Leiden University. After his graduation in 1995, he was employed for seven years as field archaeologist (auger survey) and is now working as archaeological advisor for nine councils in the province of South-Holland.
Christo has a wide interest in the history of archaeology: 19th and early 20th century archaeological practice in Great Britain, the Mediterranean, Greece and the Middle East, but also in archaeological travels, archaeological films, etc. Two subjects are here focal points:
– the life and work of Glyn Daniel (1914-1986; former Disney professor in Cambridge). By chance Christo came upon the existence of two unknown scrapbooks by Glyn and Ruth Daniel: scrapbooks on their stay in India during World War II. The books are filled with personal photos, picture postcards, menus, etc. An attempt is being made to make these scrapbooks available to the public via the internet. The scrapbooks come from the estate of Ruth Daniel and were acquired by a bookseller in 2000. They are presently in the possession of Christo Thanos but will in future be donated to St John’s College, Cambridge where a large part of Daniel’s archive can be found;
– the travel diaries of Henry Schliemann (1822-1890). Schliemann, first a shrewd trader and later in life one of the best known archaeologists of the 19th century, made many journeys around the world. He recorded his experiences in several diaries. Christo Thanos has, together with Wout Arentzen, published Schliemann’s first travel diary: the European journey in the winter of 1846/47. The original diary was written in English and French and for a small part in Italian. The publication comprises an introduction to the diary, a transcription of the diary, and a full English translation with annotations. (see: Work is in progress at the moment to publish the second and third diaries, which will appear in the series The Schliemann Diaries.

Thornton, Amara
University College London, Institute of Archaeology

I am interested in the social history of archaeology – by which I mean the ways in which archaeology and archaeologists existed within social, political, economic and cultural frameworks in the past.  My focus is on British archaeologists working in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (1870-1939); this was the subject of my doctoral thesis (2011).

I am currently a British Academy-funded Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, investigating the relationship between archaeologists and publishers to analyse how that relationship effected the construction of a British archaeological identity in popular publications.  I have published on antiquities services and tourism in British Mandate Palestine and Transjordan and funding in late 19th/early 20th century archaeology, among other topics.  I have also examined the social history of annual archaeological exhibitions in London 1880s-1930s.  A full list of my publications, lectures and conference papers can be found at; I blog on various history of archaeology related topics at

Thorpe, Reuben
University College, London

I am currently in my final year of my PhD at UCL having come to it somewhat late after 25 years working as a field archaeologist in the UK and overseas. My interest in the history of archaeology derives from a career long interest in the genesis of and epistemological justifications of approaches to archaeological stratigraphy, particularly the contingent definitions of what constitutes the study of archaeological stratigraphy. This career long interest will be reflected in a substantial part of my thesis which is entitled “Urban formation and transformation: Perspectives on social and stratigraphic complexity from Roman urban centres”. I am looking at tracing the origins and tracking the development of nuanced understandings of the requirements of complex archaeological stratigraphy. I have touched on the use of a partial understanding of archaeological techniques based on poor historiography in a recent piece (R. Thorpe 2012. ‘Often Fun, Usually Messy: Fieldwork, Recording and Higher Orders of Things´, in H. Cobb et al (eds.) Reconsidering Archaeological Fieldwork. Exploring on-site relationships between theory and practice, 31-52. Springer) but also on similar issues at recent TAG conferences in 2007 and 2010.

Trigg, Jonathan
Liverpool University

My history of archaeology interests are in antiquarian activity in the British Isles and the history of archaeology in British universities. I am also currently involved in research into the Fetternear Estate, the owners of which had antiquarian interests and who, in the nineteenth century, carried out an archaeological excavation in the grounds. They used the results of this excavation to ‘re-build’ the medieval structures in the lawns in front of the mansion as garden features. I am also currently researching the 16th C antiquarian/physician Dr Robert Toope and am working on a history of the study of prehistory at the University of Liverpool with a particular focus on the work of W.J. Varley.

Tully, Caroline 

University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

Caroline Tully is a lecturer and tutor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her doctoral research focused upon tree worship in the Bronze Age Aegean, eastern Mediterranean and Egypt. She also has a strong interest in reception studies, particularly in regard to the use of the religions of ancient Egypt and Minoan Crete by modern ceremonial magicians and pagans. Her postgraduate diploma thesis investigated the uses and misuses of ancient Egyptian religion by 19th century British occultists, and she continues to publish on this topic.
See her academia page here and her blog here



Van Looveren, Jonas

I hold Master’s Degrees in Archaeology (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) and in Conservation of Monuments and sites (University of Antwerp, Belgium). In June 2014, I obtained my PhD with a dissertation on the history of archaeological heritage management in Belgium. This subject had never been the object of an in-depth historical analysis. Therefore, intriguing questions like how and why Belgium became one of the last countries in Europe to implement archaeology legislation could not be answered. For that reason, I studied the activities, opinions and discourse of main actors from 1830 (the independence of Belgium) until 1991/3 (the adoption of archaeology legislation) on themes as: the creation of an inventory of finds and sites, the institutionalization of archaeology, the funding of excavations, the protection of objects and sites, and the genesis of legal instruments. Usually these topics are closely interrelated with nationalism, as archaeological research and heritage can provide leaders and politicians with the kind of information on which their ideology and power can be legitimized. However, Belgium never was a strong nation-state and, since the kingdom consisted of multiple language communities (Dutch, French and German), its national identity never was self-evident. My research shows that these conditions were an important reason for a continuous lack of political support for archaeological heritage management. Additionally, Belgium handled very liberal ideas on private ownership and granted a large amount of autonomy to local governance levels. Like the national government, the municipalities and the provinces did not dare to prioritize the conservation and protection of archaeological heritage over private and commercial interests. Furthermore, disagreements between archaeologists – over the principles behind archaeology regulations – also strongly hindered the legislative process.

Only when Belgium transitioned from a centrally governed country into a federal state, sufficient political attention could be drawn towards archaeological heritage, because its research and preservation policy were now divided according to the regions’ borders (the Dutch speaking Flemish region, the French speaking Walloon Region, and the bilingual Brussels Capital Region). This could demonstrate a distinct difference between the regions’ histories and cultural identities. Shortly after, specific archaeology laws were voted as they could also prove that the regions were necessary and well working bodies. The new legislation could show that the regional parliaments and governments, contrary to the ‘old’ unitary ones, did not fail to protect archaeological heritage.

Varouhakis, Vassilios
Archaeology, School of Humanities, University of Southampton

I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Southampton, awarded with a Block Grant Partnership (BGP) by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). I hold a Degree in History & Archaeology and an M.A. with Distinction in the “Ancient Mediterranean World: History and Archaeology” Postgraduate Study Programme (direction: Prehistoric Archaeology), both from the University of Crete. I am currently working on my doctoral dissertation, which deals with the nationalist uses and consumptions of the past, having the island of Crete, during the turn of the 20th century, as the epicentre of my study. My research interests include Nationalism and Archaeology, Aegean Prehistory, History of Modern Greece, Public Archaeology, Archaeological Ethnography, Social Archaeology, Identity Politics, History of Archaeology and Pseudoarchaeology.

Villalobos, Cesar

Vince, Owen

Visser, Ronald

Vitelli, Giovanna


Wagemakers, Bart
Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

Next to my affiliation to the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht as a lecturer and researcher at the History Department, I coordinate the Non-Professional Archaeological Photographs project ( which aims to preserve non-professional documentation of archaeological campaigns – prior to the 1980s – to the future and make it accessible to the public via digital archives. The term ‘non-professional’ refers to records made by visitors or participants of excavations who were not part of the trained staff, but who assisted as part of their continuing education or out of interest, for instance students, volunteers, reporters or sponsors. Secondly, this category of documentation includes also the private photos, slides or films made at the excavation by the archaeological staff.
This project reflects my interest in the way archaeology developed in the previous decades and the hope to trace forgotten or lost records which might contribute to the awareness of the history of archaeology.

Walker, Elizabeth A.
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales & University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Elizabeth is Principal Curator of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, where she has been employed since 1986. She has recently registered as a part-time PhD student of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Elizabeth has undertaken research and has published in the fields of Welsh Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology focusing on the history of collecting, both by individuals and by Welsh museums. Her MPhil, also undertaken at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, focused on the history of collecting by museums across South Wales throughout the twentieth century.
Elizabeth’s recent publications include histories of collecting at caves in North Wales, including Pontnewydd Cave, Cefn Caves, Ffynnon Beuno and Cae Gwyn. She has also examined the work of some individual collectors, including Henry Stopes, whose large collection of Palaeolithic artefacts is housed in the National Museum Wales.
Elizabeth’s current research interest lies with researching, understanding and releasing the potential of historic museum collections and using these as a foundation for new thinking about Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology today.

Wallace, Colin
University of Liverpool, School of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology

Colin Wallace is interested in writing and using the History of Archaeology, working on a PhD (at the University of Liverpool) in the history of Romano-British archaeology and also reading & writing about North British archaeological collecting lateC18/earlyC19, about the ‘Wheeler Circus’ and about British archaeologists in Spain before the Civil War.

Walz, Jonathan R.
Rollins University

I study African historical experience emphasizing East Africa/Tanzania and the western Indian Ocean. Topics: historical anthropology, political economy, social theories of time, oral traditions, material substitution, and miniatures. Relevant publication: “An Interview with Merrick Posnansky,” The African Archaeological Review 27(3):177-210. Professor Posnansky made profound contributions to historical and public archaeology in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. He continues to influence museums and heritage studies in Africa and elsewhere.

Warin, Isabelle
Université de Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne

I am interested in the history of my own field and archaeology in general. My special reserach interest is the 18th-century antiquarism, especially the reception of Greek and Roman art. I was research assistant about a project concerning Caylus (. I have been interested in the methodology of Caylus – – versus J.J. Winckelmann), the landscape of archaeological research in 18th century and the rediscovery of ancient small bronze scultpure (material, iconography, social and ideological contexts). I go on about a new subject concerning the reception of antiquity in 18th-century and the travellers in Greece.

Watt, Kimberley
University of Cambridge, UK & Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Holding two masters’ degrees in Art history and Egyptology, I spend my time working on archaeological sites abroad and in UK. Additionally, I am publishing online a collection of 1905-1910 postcards of a dozen countries. In total, there are more than six hundreds postcards, rarely bearing a recipient, a stamp and correspondence. I have been focusing on the correspondence, pictures and drawings from Egypt. I am currently uploading all of the pictures online on and inviting anyone who wants to add some knowledge to these.

Werner, William Joseph
Syracuse University (USA)

I am a PhD candidate in anthropology at Syracuse University (USA), where my general research interests revolve around the historical archaeology of Mexico and the southeastern United States. I am particularly interested in how plantation and estate landscapes fostered the nineteenth-century nascence of professional archaeology in the German and U.S. traditions. My dissertation incorporates archival research, archaeological field and lab analyses, and the study of museum collections to examine the relationships between ethnological perception and scientific collecting at a rural market hosted weekly by a German-operated sugar cane and coffee estate in nineteenth-century Veracruz, Mexico.

Westwood, Benjamin
Durham University

My research is focused around the critical study of the contrasting histories of cultural heritage management, archaeological investigation and the institutionalisation of the past in Libya between 1943 to 1951. Within the nine year period under examination this area of North African was a major theatre of conflict, passing from Italian, to British and French colonial oversight, and later to independence with the creation of the nation state of Libya through the intervention of the United Nations. Whilst Northern Libya was, at least temporarily, a quasi colony of the British Empire (characterised as the ‘British Military Administration of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica’), archaeological practitioners were focused upon the co-option and development of previous colonially driven research frameworks to produce new forms of hybridised Eurocentricism in Libyan archaeological practices.

This was a period which saw real changes in the ways cultural heritage was conceptualised and treated,(issues that would eventually find expression in the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, 1954), contextualised by the conflict of World War II and the ensuing post-war settlements and involving some of archaeology’s contemporary celebrities: Leonard Woolley, Mortimer Wheeler to name but a few.

Whitley, James
University of Cardiff

James Whitley has a long-standing, well-informed interest in the history of archaeological thought; he is focusing his research on “the relationship between the development of ideas and institutions, and traditions of investigation outside of Anglophone prehistory and American ‘anthropological’ archaeology.” James has co-taught the History of Archaeological Thought since he arrived in Cardiff in 1990 and has several relevant recent publications including:

Forthcoming. ‘The research culture of the British School at Athens, 1900-1920: The case for ethnological antiquarianism’ In D. Shankland and G. Salmeri (eds), The Foreign Schools. (The British Academy) Originally presented at TAG in 2008

2006. ‘The Minoans: A Welsh Invention? A View from East Crete’, in Y. Hamilakis and N. Momigliano (eds), Archaeology and European Modernity: Producing and Consuming the ‘Minoans’, 55-67. (Creta Antica 7). Padua: Bottega D’Erasmo.

2004. ‘Classical archaeology and British identity: the role of the British School at Athens,’ Pharos: Journal of the Netherlands Institute in Athens XI [2003]: 95-111.

Whitling, Frederick

Frederick Whitling’s PhD (EUI, Florence, 2010), “The Western Way. Academic Diplomacy: Foreign Academies and the Swedish Institute in Rome, 1935-1953”, will be published in two separate forthcoming revised volumes. One of these, a history of foreign schools in Rome and Athens, is planned for publication (Brill) in 2015. Whitling has recently been working on an edited historical account of the Swedish Institute in Rome (forthcoming, CKM Förlag, 2015). He is currently a member of the interdisciplinary project Topos and Topography—Rome as the Guidebook City, based at the Swedish Institute in Rome. He is concurrently conducting a research project regarding King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden as archaeologist and patron of the arts.

Wickstead, Helen
H.Wickstead at
Kingston University

Dr Helen Wickstead MIfA lectures in Faculty of Science at Kingston University, London. She is Director of ‘art+archaeology’ a research initiative creating visual art residencies and exhibitions that investigate visual practices in archaeology. She is co-author (with Martyn Barber) of a series of journal articles and conference papers exploring the history of aerial vision and mapping from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. She is currently writing an international history of Archaeological Geophysics which traces its affinities beyond the conventional boundaries of archaeology, placing its activities within the wider context of Cold War science.

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My PhD is a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the British Museum and the University of Southampton entitled: Polished Axes: Object Biographies and the Writing of World Prehistories. I am primarily studying the historiography of the British Museum’s collection of polished axes. I am studying both archaeological and ethnographic polished axes from around the world, though the primary areas of study are currently focused upon Europe, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, China and Japan. I am focused upon the studying the networks created by the collection of polished axes and my research will be centred around object biographies of individual artefacts that illustrate these networks.

Williams. Alice E.
University of Oxford

I am currently a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, working as part of the UCL and Oxford AHRC-funded project ‘Artefacts of Excavation: the international distribution of finds from British excavations in Egypt, 1880-1980’. My doctoral research combines my academic background in Egyptian Archaeology and Museum Studies to focus on the display and reception of ancient Egyptian artefacts, and the representation of ancient and contemporary Egypt, at the London annual archaeological exhibitions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The annual exhibitions were a central network hub for the distribution of both archaeological objects and disciplinary knowledge. As such, my research examines the historic relationship between museums and the annual exhibition, the visual culture of archaeological finds distribution, the construction and communication of disciplinary knowledge, and the changing public and institutional relationship with the archaeological artefact.

Williams, Howard

I am researching the role of graves and cemeteries in the construction of academic narratives and popular perceptions of the early medieval past. This has inspired a wider interest in how and why the investigation and display of human remains, mortuary contexts, monuments and cemeteries serve the creation and manipulation of social memories and identities. Part of this work comes under the rubric of the history of archaeological thought and practice.
This approach informs my research on a collaborative project called ‘Speaking with the Dead’; an interdisciplinary investigation of English cathedrals as sites of memory funded by the Leverhulme Trust and involving the universities of Exeter and Chester. This forms part of a wider project which also involves academics at Exeter and Chester, funding by the European Research Council. Entitled ‘The Past in its Place’, it explores how cathedrals, ancient habitations and local landscapes forged identities and memories over the longue durée in Wales and England ( In both projects I am examining how early, antiquarian and archaeological interventions and manipulations of tombs, memorials and graves can be considered as technologies of remembrance.
This theme also informs my work with Project Eliseg and involving colleagues at the universities of Bangor and Chester. Project Eliseg explores the biography and context of the early ninth-century cross-shaft situated upon a prehistoric burial mound, known as the Pillar of Eliseg near Valle Crucis, Llangollen (

Wintjes, Justine
University of the Witwatersrand

With degrees in art and archaeology, I have long been interested in creating a project that is at the interface of these two disciplines. So I became interested in the history of archaeology, in particular the role of visuality and illustration in the formation of the discipline. I am currently working on my doctoral thesis about the history of rock artrecording in the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains of southern Africa, an area rich in both hunter-gatherer rock paintings and research on hunter-gatherer rock paintings. Over the last century and a half, documents, images and actual paintings have been carried away from the sites and placed into museum collections and archives, organising the art into an archive. I seek to return the items of the archive to their original location in the landscape, to determine the position of the various records and to reconfigure the ‘lost’ originals – to reorganise the archive according to the original art.


Yakimova, Irina

I am a graduate student of the Dnipropetrovsk National University by O. Gonchar. I have been working on the history of archaeology 19th and the first half of 20th century in Ukraine. The main theme of my research is women in archaeology in Ukraine, that’s why I am interested in Gender Archaeology too.

Yates, Donna
Leverhule Early Career Fellow, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow

I study the looting, trafficking, and protection of cultural objects, particularly Latin America antiquities as part of the Trafficking Culture Project ( The goal of my current project is to better understand the relationship between communities, governments, the law, and the operation of transnational criminal markets and to help develop regulatory mechanisms for controlling the illicit antiquities trade in that region.

Young, Charlotte
University of Exeter

My chief interest is in Visualization in Archaeology and Ancient History in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am interested in the ways in which visual media interpret the classical world, and how this affects our perception of ancient history and the sources. My PhD research is an examination of archaeological site photographs published in academic journals, publications, archives and popular press in the mid-twentieth century. My aim is to investigate what makes a photograph archaeological, what aspects of the photograph contribute to its artistic, scientific or aesthetic value, and to what extent do archaeological site photographs mirror the developments in processual and postprocessual archaeology in the 1960s and 1970s?
At Exeter University I completed my BA CH in Ancient History and Archaeology. I participated in a month’s dig at the prehistoric indian village at Mitchell in South Dakota. My undergraduate dissertation specialised in Victorian paintings of ancient Egypt. At Masters level, I took the Alternative Histories Through Art and Archaeology pathway in which I studied extensively the topography of ancient Rome, especially under Augustus, in preparation for a two month course at the British School at Rome. My Masters dissertation examined Victorian paintings of female representations from the classical world as an extension of my undergraduate dissertation.
My other interests include reception studies of classics and ancient history from fifteenth-century Europe to Victorian England using artworks and literary accounts. I am also looking at theories of viewing in order to examine the complexities of images and their subsequent meaning. I have a passion for all things related to classics and ancient history, archaeology and egyptology.

Zamboni, Lorenzo fellowship researcher at the University of Pavia

I am an archaeologist interested in the history of the disicpline, and particularly in the active role by modern scholars in retrieving data from ‘old’ excavations and archaeological ‘grey literature’ (see the ‘Digging up Excavations’ workshop held in Pavia in 2015, now published). My Phd, received in 2013 at the University of Pavia, examined unpublished results of ’70 excavations in the multi-cultural harbour of Spina (see the book “Spina the liquid city”,
I’m also concerned with funerary evidences from Bronze and Iron Age northern Italy, especially regarding burial anomalies and socio-cultural aspects.
I have carried out fieldwork in Etruria (Populonia, Fiora Valley) and elsewhere in northern Italy. I am currently a fellowship researcher at the University of Pavia, with a project on the Early Age settlement of Verucchio. For more info and complete list of publications, please

Zu, Yanfu
McDonald Institute, Cambridge

Yanfu Zu is a Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and has just published a volume on the “History and Object” as a Chinese version only, but it will soon be available in English and French. She would appreciate meeting and corresponding with HARN members and other researchers who study the history of Chinese archaeology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and also the history of the exchange of ideas between China and Paris and London during that period. Yanfu Zu is especially is interested in the work of Aurel Stein and Paul Pelliot. Please contact her if you share her research interests.

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