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History of archaeology

The discipline of archaeology can trace its roots throughout the Modern Period; hence, understanding the Modern Period aids understanding our discipline itself. Moreover, directly researching the history of archaeology helps to critically understand how we construct our interpretations of the past. Conversely, the study of archaeology as a social practice informs the social dynamics of historical periods. Reassessing previous work—the ‘archaeology of archaeology’—is increasingly important as contemporary archaeologists revisit previously excavated sites and re-examine old excavated materials. For these reasons, the history of archaeology is therefore a core component of our developing research and teaching programmes. A cadre of researchers here at UCLan archaeology are active in research and publication in the past history of antiquarian and archaeological investigations.



Peterson, R. 2003. William Stukeley: an eighteenth-century phenomenologist? Antiquity 77/296, 394-400.

Roberts, J. 2002. ‘That terrible woman’: the life, work and legacy of Maud Cunnington. Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine 95, 46-62.

Robinson, DW. 2004. A feast of reason and a flow of soul: the archaeological antiquarianism of Sir Richard Colt Hoare. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 96,111-28.

Robinson, DW. In Press. A Historiography of the Neolithic Rock-Art of Karnataka: legacies, understandings, and new directions. In Ravi Korisettar, Iranna, K. Pattar, Ashok, V. Shettar, Varija, R. Bolar, Siladhar, Y. Mugali (editors), Historiography of Karnataka: archaeology and history. The Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Suvarna Karnataka and the Department of History and Archaeology.

R. Schulting and M. Wysocki. 2005. "In this chambered tumulus were found cleft skulls...": an assessment of the evidence for cranial trauma in the British Neolithic. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 71, 107-138.

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