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UCL Institute Events

October 8, 2017

HARN member, Amara, has been in touch to bring these to our attention:

On 9 November 6-7 pm at the Institute of Archaeology we will welcome James Snead (California State University, Northcliffe) talking about the history of the “Kentucky Mummy” and its relevance for 19th century public archaeology in the United States.
On 22 November 6-7 pm at the Institute of Archaeology we will hold a screening of two historic Institute of Archaeology films from 1950s excavations at Verulamium (St Albans, Hertfordshire).   These were digitised through the Filming Antiquity project.  Caitlin O’Grady (Lecturer in Conservation at the IoA) will be joining me (Amara) to introduce the films. For a preview of the delights in store for you check out Caitlin’s guest post on the Filming Antiquity website.



HARN International Conference 2017 – Programme

October 5, 2017

Drum roll, fanfare, cheering:

‘Not within the scope of this argument’: Archives and Rabbit Holes

HARN 2017

3 November 2017

Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema

Main Campus


Note – There is no charge for conference attendance 

9:30-10:00am—coffee and registration 


Issues of Archives

10:00am: Kate Hill, University of Lincoln, UK: Museum archives: undisciplined and undisciplinary?

10:30 am: Jason Bate University of Exeter: Archives that Push Interpreters to the Limits of Historical Analysis


11:00 am: Beth Hodgett, University of Oxford: Disciplining Images: The Photographs and Archives of OGS Crawford

11:30 am: Raffaella Bucolo – University of Rome “Sapienza”: From the History of Archaeology to the History of Photography: Archival Investigation on Cesare Faraglia

11:30-12pm: Coffee Break

When Archives Get Political

12:00pm: Ulf Hansson, University of Texas, Austin: Diplomatic Correspondence, Proto-Archaeology and the Early Modern Antiquities Market

12:30pm: Monica Barnes, AMNH and Andean Past: Civil War! Espionage! Communism! World War Two! Afro-American civil rights! Anti-Semitism! Psychoanalysis! Feminism! Sexual Liberation! Anthropology! Archaeology! Higher Education! Gypsy Band! Europe! North America! Africa! South America! Incas! John Victor Murra and the Twentieth Century

1:00-2:30 pm Lunch (not provided)

Local Archives

2:30 pm: Rick Peterson, University of Central Lancashire: The Children of the Stones: contesting land, religion and standing stones in early 18th century Avebury

3:00 pm: Mustafa Kemal Baran, Koç University, Instanbul: Letters, Holiday Greetings, and a few Passport Photos: The Voice and Image of Local Communities in Archaeological Archives

3:30pm: David Fleming, Independent Scholar: Cultural Imperialism on £10 a Day: The Short, Tumultuous history of the British Institute of Afghan Studies 1972—1982 and the Excavations at Old Kandahar

4:00-4:30 pm Coffee Break

Problems and Challenges

4:30pm James Snead, California State University, Northridge: Elizabeth Deuel’s Letter: Confronting Sexual Politics in the Archives of Archaeology

5:00 pm Martyn Barber, Historic England: Some Tales from an Empty Envelope

5:30pm Final discussions, drinks and party time


I’ll post abstracts, maps, hotel and eating suggestions soon, but just for now tumultuous applause is in order.





textbook public archaeology is open-access public archaeology

October 4, 2017

Interesting stuff here

conflict antiquities

I’m delighted to say that I was able to make a small contribution to Key Concepts in Public Archaeology (PDF DOI), which explores ‘practice and scholarship where archaeology meets the world’. Realising an ideal of public archaeology, it’s published by UCL Press, under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0) for open access. It’s ‘dedicated to Tim Schadla-Hall who has… inspired and supported a generation of public archaeologists’, including me.

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Cake makes everything better

September 29, 2017

Today is Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and I should be out eating cake and raising money for this brilliant organisation. Due to various ongoing problems in this turret of HARN Towers, this isn’t going to happen. This is particularly sad for me because although I love baking cakes, I really love eating cake too. However, for those of us who can’t join in I have a visual – and archaeological, no less – treat for you care of my new favourite blog site Res Gereande –  a gingerbread Viking hall. If all of archaeology was represented through cake I reckon we’d be overrun with students and volunteers, in fact, maybe this is the way we should go and for our next HARN conference we should ask for baked goods representing various historical figures and sites.

What do you reckon?


Viking Hall – copyright Philip Boyes Res Gerendae

Have a great weekend, make and/or eat cake, it makes everything better, truly!



The Discovery of Roman London

September 24, 2017

I’m indebted to Debbie Challis (and Twitter) for notice of this free exhibition (11th September to 5th January) on the 19th century discoveries of Roman London and the work of Charles Roach Smith at the Guildhall Library from now until 5th January 2018 – more details here.

CfP – Life Writing in the History of Archaeology: Critical Perspectives

September 20, 2017

HARN members, Gabe and Clare have been in touch with this very exciting call for papers for an edited volume entitled:

Life Writing in the History of Archaeology: Critical Perspectives

‘Life-writing’ is a generic term meant to encompass a range of writings about lives or parts of lives, or which provide materials out of which lives or parts of lives are composed. These writings include not only memoir, autobiography, biography, diaries, autobiographical fiction, and biographical fiction, but letters, writs, wills, written anecdotes, depositions, marginalia, lyric poems, scientific and historical writings, and digital forms.

Zachary Leader, On Life Writing

Life writing is a well-established genre in the history of archaeology and has played a major part in the recent surge of research and writing in this field, forming the basis for ground-breaking studies of discipline formation, gendered labour, and social and intellectual networks.

The proposed volume will bring together critical historiographical perspectives on life writing in the history of archaeology. This could include reflections on the experiences of life writing and editing; critical textual analyses; and assessments of the intellectual value and significance of life writing as a genre. We welcome contributions on themes such as:

  • The genre of archaeological life writing
  • Sources in life writing: diaries, letters, papers
  • The formation and use of archives
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Professional, personal and public lives
  • Lives on (and in) the margins
  • Autobiography and self-fashioning
  • Writing the lives of networks and groups

We invite abstracts of c.300 words, to be submitted by 1 November 2017. We intend to submit a book proposal to a leading publisher by December 2017 and to receive chapter drafts by summer 2018 for editing and submission to publisher by autumn of 2018.

For submissions or queries please contact:

Gabe Moshenska

Clare Lewis



Views of an Antique land

September 19, 2017

Coming late to the party – as ever – I’ve only just discovered this


Four panelled greeting cloth with hand drawn scenes from Egypt. Creative Commons licence

I’m sure you all already know about it but if not head over there, wonderful things!