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I know what you did this summer…

June 10, 2019

Dear Members

Summer is upon us and many of us are off to the field, to the archive, the collections storage and countless other places to conduct research or work. A few lucky ones are surely also off on holiday!

We would like to know what you are doing, seeing, researching, excavating and last, but not least, enjoying. We are therefore asking for your submissions for our blog and we’d like to keep the brief as wide open as possible. In up to 5000 words tell us about your research trip, fieldwork or museum visit. We’d even like to hear about your holidays if you are taking in some archaeological history!

Blogs will be posted in the order of their submission, and there is no deadline. We would also encourage you to submit (properly sourced and credited) pictures to illustrate your work.

Please share this call with your friends, students and colleagues. Membership is not a prerequisite (but of course encouraged).

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all an enjoyable summer!

Your administrators

Seminar: “Towards interdisciplinarity”, Barcelona, 15 June

June 4, 2019

We are glad to inform you that we are organizing the seminar “Towards interdisciplinarity. A historical analysis of the transfer of knowledge and techniques between disciplines (19th and 20th centuries)” which will take place on 15 June 2019, at the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona, Spain.

The seminar is organized within the Inter-Arq Project (“Archaeology and interdisciplinarity: archaeological and historical re research on interdisciplinarity in the History of archaeology (19th and 20th centuries)”) led by Prof. Margarita Díaz-Andreu. The project aims to analyse interdisciplinary relationships between archaeology and other branches of knowledge over the last two centuries.

Several members of HARN will attend the seminar and present papers. Among them we mention Ana Cristina Martins, Lucila Mallart, Tim Murray, Nathan Schanger, Alessandro Guidi, Laura Coltofean and Margarita Díaz-Andreu.

The programme and poster of the seminar can be accessed here:

For more information about the Inter-Arq Project, please see


Best wishes,

Laura Coltofean and Margarita Díaz-Andreu, HARN members

Workshop: Beyond the Binary Researchers’

May 7, 2019

We invite researchers from all disciplines as well as museum and heritage professionals for an exclusive inside-look into the museum’s new Beyond the Binary project. Alongside the project team and TORCH’s Queer Studies Network, participants will have the chance to examine objects in the museum’s collection that spark important conversations around global LGBTQ+ cultures and museum methodologies. We will be exploring different approaches to interpreting these objects, including phenomenological practices and public engagement. Additionally, the session will provide opportunities for participants to be directly involved in and/or help shape this vital and innovative project, which centres collaboration with the LGBTQ+ community. We will look at the different ways existing museum and heritage collections can be re-interpreted through a queer lens to tell old and new stories alike as well as thinking about how current and future collecting practices can be shaped to preserve both tangible and intangible queer heritage for future generations.

The venue has step-free access but if you have any further requirements please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Lunch will be provided with vegan and gluten free options available. Please do let us know if you have any allergies.

Email if you would like further information.

Visit for more info and follow the project team on Twitter: @BeyondBinaryPRM

Date & venue: 10am – 1pm, 30 May, Research Space, Pitt Rivers Museum

Link for registration:


April 26, 2019



Craig Barker, Sydney University

Craig Barker is the Manager of Education and Public Programs at Sydney University Museums including the archaeological collections of the Nicholson Museum. He has a PhD in Classical Archaeology and has excavated in Australia, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. Craig is the Director of the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project which is excavating the World Heritage listed Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Paphos in Cyprus under the auspices of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus. He is also involved with the Classical Heritage and the Story of Sydney project.
Among his research interest are the history of Australian archaeological research in Cyprus and also of the 19th and 20th century movement of Mediterranean antiquities to Australia, including Australian museum collections.


Caitlin R. O’Grady, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Trained as a conservator and conservation scientist, Dr. Caitlin R. O’Grady is a lecturer in conservation at University College London – Institute of Archaeology, where she teaches in the MA and MSc conservation programmes. She directs artefact/architecture conservation for the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project in western Turkey and has worked on numerous excavation projects in Albania, Guatemala, Peru, Turkey and the United States. Caitlin’s research interests include the history of conservation and conservation science, as well as their development as recognized university disciplines and relationship to archaeology. Further, she specializes in the analysis of historic restoration materials, lime plaster wall paintings and ceramics; as well as the conservation of inorganic materials. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, and, is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Welcome, Caitlin and Craig, and many thanks for joining our community!




March 27, 2019

At the beginning of this month, the 1st March (also St David’s Day), some wonderful people ended their activity as administrators of the Histories of Archaeology Research Network. These are Ulf Hansson, James Snead, Julia Roberts and Kate Sheppard MacDonald. Three of them (Kate, Julia and Ulf) were administrators when I joined; James came on board later and has also been a good colleague.

I feel that it is most important that we acknowledge the support of these individuals, for without them the Network would be far from the successful research network that we, as a new group of administrators and members, have inherited. To Julia, I say thank you for inviting me to join and become an administrator in the very first place. To all of you, I say thank you for accepting me as both colleague and friend. Without all of your good sense and counsel, the Network would be in a far lesser position than it is now. In recent years we have had successful conferences, workshops, ‘conshops’, and even related publications. Without the drive of these four, this would not have happened, and I very much hope that this progress will be carried forward by we “new band of brothers [and sisters]”. Likewise, I hope that our departing administrators will keep in touch, maintain a presence in the group, and especially keep making a contribution. To the four of you I say a heartfelt thanks.



March 2, 2019


Monika Milosavljević, University of Belgrade

Monika Milosavljević is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy (University of Belgrade) as well as a research-assistant on the project Archaeological Culture and Identity in the Western Balkans. Her PhD dissertation, “Concepts of Barbarism and Barbarization as Otherness in Serbian Archaeology” (2015), utilizes a self-developed methodology for the analysis of the history of ideas in archaeology according to Ludwik Fleck’s sociology of knowledge, resulting in a novel understanding of the barbaric heritage of Europe as according to the example of Serbian Archaeology.

Her research interests lie in the political usage of archaeology, the history of Serbian/Yugoslavian archaeology, sociocultural evolution, the archaeology of identity, and archaeological theory in general. In recent years, she has focused on the history of ideas in Serbian and Yugoslavian archaeology. Moreover, she is interested in theory and methodology into the history and anthropology of science, particularly in the work of Ludwik Fleck.

Welcome, Monika, and many thanks for joining our community!

Introducing your new Administrators

February 25, 2019

As promised, here are your lovely new administrators – there are now 9 (NINE!) HARN administrators:

Mustafa Kemal Baran –  based at the Koç University, Istanbul completing his dissertation on the history of archaeology in Turkey. Kemal has previously studied industrial design, architectural history, and classical archaeology, in Ankara and Oxford

Monica Barnes – the principal editor of Andean Past, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the archaeology and ethnohistory of western South America and one of our Members of the Month – look here and here for details.

Debbie Challis – Education and Outreach Officer at LSE Library and her research looks at how politics interacts with archaeology in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Alicia Colson – a freelance archaeologist and ethnohistorian with a PhD from McGill and an undergraduate degree from UCL.

Hélène Maloigne – 4th year PhD student at UCL writing on the popularisation of archaeology in the interwar period.

Vladimir Mihajlovic – Vlada works at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His main research interests are history of archaeology (and antiquaries in particular), the political (ab)use of archaeology (and past in general) as well as archival studies.

Anna Reeve – PhD student in Classics at the University of Leeds, her research centres on ancient Cypriot collections in the Yorkshire area, and their reception from the late 19th century onwards.

Sharon Sultana – Senior Curator of the National Museum of Archaeology (NMA) Malta, Sharon has a Masters in Cultural Heritage Management and is beginning research for her PhD.

Jonathan Trigg – he’s the only one of the old administration who’s continuing – Jon’s an archaeologist and historian. currently teaching at the University of Liverpool. His research is into the development of the study of prehistoric Britain.

Please make them as welcome as you have made us. I know that this is going to be an exciting new chapter for HARN and although I’m rather sad to go, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens next with our network.


All the best


Session on the history of archaeology at EAA 2019 (Bern, 4-7 September 2019)

February 12, 2019

Erik tells me that the deadline has been extended to the 18th of February.

My apologies for the extremely short deadline on this: 14th February. Laura emailed me on the 9th and I meant to post it then but completely forgot – my excuse is that it was my daughter’s 7th birthday on Friday and then to add to the rainbow, sparkly, glittery excitement we bought a house this weekend and we’ve all been completely overexcited ever since, I think these are excellent excuses, I suspect you all may not agree!

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia | Instituto de História Contemporânea-CEHFCi-UÉ-FCSH-Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal | e-mail:

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail:;

IPOA – Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail:

ICREA and Universitat de Barcelona, Spain | e-mail:
Archaeological collections are invaluable sources for reconstructing different aspects of the histories of archaeology. The study of archival documents, publications and newspaper articles related to the constitution and later evolution of such collections brings us insights into the development of archaeological theory and practice, the emergence of interdisciplinarity, as well as into the production and circulation of scientific knowledge across time. It also reveals the potential and role of archaeological collections in identity construction, and in shaping various types of networks and power relationships within the discipline of archaeology. This session aims to unveil the invisible stories behind both private and public archaeological collections in Europe and beyond, from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. We welcome papers that explore topics such as the agendas and ideologies behind collecting, researching and exhibiting archaeological objects and collections; the scientific narratives built around collections; the contribution of collections to the evolution of archaeological interpretations and to fostering pluri- and interdisciplinary collaborations and investigations; the role(s) of collections in the production, transfer and exchange of knowledge, as well as in building local, regional and national identities. We would also like to encourage discussions about the hierarchies and networks (e.g., social, academic) that were formed around collections between locals, collectors, amateurs, and professionals, in addition to their involvement in the birth and development of archaeological societies and museums. Following the EAA 2018 session “Archaeology and interdisciplinarity & interdisciplinarity in archaeology: stories of a long and diversified journey (19th-21st centuries)”, this proposal
also aims to get a broader and more detailed picture of some aspects of the research project ‘InterArq – Archaeology and Interdisciplinarity’.

Keywords: Archaeological collections; Invisible stories; Interdisciplinarity; Identities; History of archaeology

Paper and poster proposals must be submitted by 14 February 2019, through the online submission form of the 25th Annual Meeting of the EAA. Accepted and rejected abstracts will be announced by 26 March 2019. Please note that all the delegates participating in the Annual Meeting must be current EAA members (paid-up for 2019) and registered for the Annual Meeting. 

Information about registration, membership fees, deadlines, provisional programme and other details can be found on the webpage of EAA 2019.

CfP Special Issue: Social Resilience to Climate Changes in the Past

February 7, 2019

Liang Emlyn Yang has been in touch with the following update to the original call for papers that was announced in November:

I would like to first inform you the updated program of our conference. Our session 11 is scheduled on Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, 2019. Please check the website.
Though a few of you may not be able to attend the conference, you are encouraged to contribute to our journal special issue on the theme “Social Resilience to Climate Changes in the Past”. Guest editors are Liang Emlyn Yang, Mara Weinelt, Ingmar Unkel, Jonna Seguin.

Both the journals Quaternary Science Reviews and Environmental Research Letters have expressed interests in hosting such a special issue, while their formal decision will be made upon receiving our complete proposal with details of the intended papers.  QSR focuses strongly on natural sciences while ERL welcomes social/historian papers. And, ERL is an Open Access journal that charges publishing fees. 

While papers for the special issue will be primarily from our conference participants, contributions from outside could also be considered.  If you are interested, please send me your commitment (first draft of full paper) one week before the conference, i.e. March 04, 2019, which must include the following information:

  • Title of your paper
  • Detail information of all authors, full names, affiliation, emails
  • Abstract (200-300 words)
  • Main text of at least 1500 words; additional graphes and tables are welcome
  • Preferred/suitable journal for your paper: QSR or ERL, and please state reasons
  • When do you plan to submit complete fullpaper? We request all papers in the issue to be submitted by August 31, 2019 for peer-review. 

I look forward to hearing your responses and to meeting many of you in Kiel!

Best wishes,

Reminder: HARN needs YOU!

February 5, 2019

I promise I won’t spend the next month only telling you that you need to volunteer as a HARN administrator if you want to see the network continue – but I will be reminding you of this on a regular basis. We do have two new volunteers, wonderful people that they are and I will be introducing them in future posts, however, two volunteers out of a membership of several hundred (and nearly the same number of blog followers) is pretty poor. The more administrators there are the less work there is to be done by those volunteers. Even if you can only spend an hour a week helping out that would make a big difference – this is your network, if you want to keep it going then you need to become involved. In recent years very few of you have been actively engaged with the group, and if HARN is going to survive as a meaningful entity then it needs more members doing more work. It really is that simple.