Winner of the Society of Historical Archaeology’s 2019 James Deetz Book Award

On the first day of my MA Historical Archaeology (University of Bristol, 2003/4), I started reading a gem of a book called 'In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life', by James Deetz (1930-2000). It honestly changed how I saw the world. While we might now see a problem with the use of …

Awarded British Academy postdoctoral fellowship, ‘Migrant Materialities’

I was both delighted and astonished to be awarded a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship. My project is called 'Migrant Materialities'. The research focuses on the material culture - that is, the objects, visual culture, all manner of physical materials - of contemporary forced and undocumented migration in Europe. I am particularly keen to document what …

ACHS, MONTREAL 2016

I am really sorry not to be at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies third annual conference which is taking place in Montreal today. As I couldn't make it in person, I submitted my paper, “Home is the streets”: collaborative cultural heritage work with contemporary homeless people via this short movie See here for more …

SHA Washington, 6-9th January 2016

This year I was happy to attend the Society for Historical Archaeology's annual conference in Washington D.C., having been invited to give a paper at a session called 'Historical and Contemporary Archaeologies of the City: opportunities and challenges', organised by two of Historical Archaeology's brilliant voices, Krysta Ryzewski and Laura McAtackney. See the conference programme …

Anxieties of a Post-PhD

I count myself among a social group that is rapidly rising across the world. We are a nervous bunch who suffer different combinations of anxiety, stress and disillusionment, under-employment and poverty. We are Post-PhDs. This blog post will explore some thoughts on the wider social usefulness of PhD education and how it might be further …