Take the red / white / black survey!

Related to my research, I’m trying to understand our relationship with red, white, and black in current cultures. The Google form below records this information (anonymously – although I ask for age and gender details to see if patterns emerge, I cannot track any other data such as IP or location). It takes roughly 2…

Archaeopoetry #3 – Topiary

A map in a foreign language is a misheard story. The path broken by translation. The betrayal of truth That slips in, knife-quick, between the fireside and the forgetting, Stripping the stones of all but cautions to take care As you step between the constructed cracks, the topiary-shaded grass, Of gardens grown from the bones…

Call for Papers – TAG 2017 Cardiff – “Unstuck in Time – science fiction, speculative futures, and archaeological imaginings”

Science fiction and archaeology are a classic combination in popular culture – long before Indiana Jones’ Nazi foes unleashed the forces within the Ark of the Covenant there were dire consequences for investigating the Mountains of Madness, perils of unleashing demonic forces at the Devil’s Hump, and cautions on the limitations of anthro-centric interpretations in…

Red, white, and – blue? When studying colour ruins TV

Followers of this blog and my research will know that I’m into looking at the significance of the colour triad red, white, black, and how it crops up across human history in art, architecture, myth, legend and other places like a leitmotif. It’s everywhere and means many things. Spoilers for Game of Thrones and Ashes…

Choose Your Own Adventure: The Thesis of Firetop Mountain

It is 1982 and, fresh of the presses, your birthday present this year is a copy of the thrillingly titled Warlock of Firetop Mountain. You have already devoured shelves full of fiction, but this book is something different. You are going to decide how it ends. Which paths to take. Who to trust and who to fight…

What is Storytelling? An archaeologist’s view

While preparing resources and contacting people regarding my education outreach project, I’m often asked – what do I mean by storytelling? It’s a fair question. It definitely conjures up images of sitting around in a huddle listening to the teacher read from an open book, or more poetically, huddled around the fire listening to the…

Archaeopoetry #2 – Hiraeth

Hiraeth is walking up Cadair Idris on Midsummer, hoping To come back down a poet. It is smiling at the word smwthio as you iron The lines out of your once-a-year shawl, worn With a felt leek on St David’s Day. It is seeing the mountains as you drive down the M5 And knowing home…

Under Stonehenge

After receiving the 25th email for comment on this subject, I realise it’s time I actually say something. Stonehenge. It’s so many things to so many people; must-see tourism destination for foreign and domestic visitors, spiritual hub for pagans of many persuasions, site of incredible archaeological significance that we’re only just beginning to understand, traffic…

Archaeological outreach as a political act: the plan

In December I presented at TAG Southampton about a subject just as close to my heart as my PhD research: archaeological outreach in schools. The session I presented in, Archaeology is a Political Matter, was a timely and vital collection of papers on the political implications of archaeology today, from Brexit to Cornish nationalism to…