Last Thursday and Friday we kicked off, what we hope will eventually become a very long term project indeed ... 'Prospection'.
Joining us for the 2 days were an amazingly generous and interesting team of academics from across the UK as well as the team at Cambridge Archaeologal Unit - they were (from left to right):
Craig Cessford has worked in both development-led and academic archaeology since 1990, since 2003 he has directed and published a number of major excavations for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit including the main 15ha phase of excavation at North West Cambridge in 2012-13. His principal research interest is in British urban archaeology of the medieval period and later. Over time his focus has shifted later and later in time, so that it now regularly includes the 18-20th centuries although he would not necessarily classify any of this as 'contemporary' archaeology.
Sasha Roseneil is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research at Birkbeck, University of London. She is also a group analyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
Hilary Orange is a Research Associate on the UCL Aperture Project, a collaboration between UCL Institute of Archaeology and Red Earth Arts. The APERTURE project seeks to scope out the potential of cross-disciplinary collaborations and the development of public-facing cultural events linked to a number of landscape based research projects at UCL. Her research specialisms include industrial archaeology, ethnography and contemporary archaeology with a particular focus on the mining industries and deindustrialisation during the post-war period.
James Dixon is an archaeologist with research interests in contemporary urban spaces, public art and historic buildings. His doctoral research (Creative Arts, University of the West of England, 2010) focused on investigating public artists' practice and how artworks made in response to particular times and places exist in the changing landscape. Recently he has chaired seminars in human creativity (OUCE/Pitt Rivers Museum) and the place of tradition in contemporary art (The Brewhouse Gallery, Taunton). In 2011 he co-curated an exhibition investigating the creative outputs of the Carpenters Road studios in Stratford between 1985 and 2001 and most recently he was invited by Tate to represent 'Archaeology' in a 24 hour seminar on the conservation of Barbara Hepworth's sculpture studio in St Ives, Cornwall.
Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope (That's us!)
Sefryn Penrose is an archaeologist of the recent past. She is currently working on the end of heavy industrial manufacturing in Britain and the transition to the service economy, and how archaeological methodologies can explore this landscape. She is the author of Images of Change: an archaeology of England's contemporary landscape published by English Heritage. She is a committee member of the CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) group.
Lana Z Porter is an American designer, writer, and researcher based in London, UK. She is currently completing a Master's in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Previously, she studied cultural anthropology at University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on the social and spatial implications of digital technology, and has worked for clients such as Conservation International and NASA to help translate scientific data into accessible stories. Her current work at the RCA blends philosophy and narrative to explore themes of memory, imagination, uncertainty, and the Internet.