Archaeogaming, Archaeology, Photography

Room with a Viewfinder: Archaeogaming and Photography

As promised, here’s the full transcript and bibliography for my Interactive Pasts presentation on archaeogaming and photography. Thanks to VALUE for once again putting on a wonderful conference! This is an incredibly interesting and complex topic that I didn’t really have the time to do justice, but I hope my talk was still interesting nonetheless.… Continue reading Room with a Viewfinder: Archaeogaming and Photography

Archaeology, Television

Stranger Things Have Happened

On Friday the 27th of October the second season of Stranger Things was released on Netflix. Set almost a year after the events of the last season in 1983, it follows inhabitants in the fictional town of Hawkins dealing with both the aftermath of previous supernatural threats as well as new ones. After marathoning through… Continue reading Stranger Things Have Happened

Archaeogaming, Archaeology

Fidget Spinners as Immaterial Culture

It’s midnight and the room is humid. My thoughts are muddled, suddenly coalescing and then scattering like a flock of pigeons. I need to find a reprieve from the endless carousel of thoughts, because it feels like my head is…spinning. Reaching for my phone is a nervous tic, so inevitably I find myself swiping the… Continue reading Fidget Spinners as Immaterial Culture


An Archaeology of Fidget Spinners

Ah, fidget spinners, the ubiquitous and dividing product of our times. I don't know when I first became aware of their existence, but I am very aware of that existence now. You've probably seen them; if not being played with by idle hands then in one of the many articles bemoaning their questionable mental health… Continue reading An Archaeology of Fidget Spinners

Archaeology, Politics

The Archaeologist: a ‘citizen of nowhere’

Theresa May, British Prime Minister, AKA Margaret Thatcher 2.0, recently gave a ‘lesson’ on the definition of citizenship at the Tory Party Conference. According to May:   “[I]f you believe you’re a citizen of the world you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means.”   For many of us,… Continue reading The Archaeologist: a ‘citizen of nowhere’

Archaeology, Fieldwork

The embodied experience of the archaeologist

It’s 5:30am. You stumble out of bed, almost trip over your work boots in the dark and stagger to the bathroom. The ‘clean’ t-shirt you slip on was washed by hand and your work trousers have a few mysterious marks on them you hope no one will notice. Before leaving for a day of fieldwork,… Continue reading The embodied experience of the archaeologist

Archaeogaming, Archaeology, Worldbuilding

World-building in archaeology: from the ‘Yard’ or the ‘Heavens’

Henry VIII. Augustus. Napoléon Bonaparte. What do these three individuals have in common? They are synonymous with certain periods of history in Western Europe. They are also all white male rulers. Such historical figures are frequently used as touchstones when attempting to construct an impression of the past, and there are several good reasons for… Continue reading World-building in archaeology: from the ‘Yard’ or the ‘Heavens’

Archaeology, Europe

The memories that #Remain

I could write a long essay about why we should all vote tomorrow to stay in the EU, but I doubt you'd read it. Instead, I've 'curated' a collection of photographs I've taken over the years during holidays and time working abroad in the EU. These constitute but mere fragments of unfathomable memories that I… Continue reading The memories that #Remain

Archaeology, Museums, Review

Sunken Cities: the submerged review

Image: 'Sun through kelp' by Benjamin Hollis (CC BY 2.0) Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to visit the British Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition: Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds. A tale of two cities, it explores the underwater discovery of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, likely to have been founded in the 7th century BC but then… Continue reading Sunken Cities: the submerged review