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 Alice  Jaspars  BA, MA

Postgraduate research student

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Alice Jaspars is a Postgraduate Research Student at the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

Jaspars read Archaeology and Anthropology at Magdalen College, Oxford, where she was undergraduate representative, and president of the Oxford University Archaeology Society. She has since completed a Masters in Museums and Heritage at the Universiteit Leiden where she co-curated an exhibition on the role of women at the University. Before taking up her place at Southampton, Jaspars worked as a political and cultural journalist.

Jaspars was the primary author and coordinator of the successful £128,000 NLHF grant for the Book of Deer Project. The grant will fund the temporary return of the Book of Deer, home to the earliest example of written Gaelic, to the North East of Scotland for the first time in a millennium. A 12 week excavation has been planned in conjunction with this, to find the monastery where the addenda to the book were written.

Jaspars has worked with the Book of Deer Project for almost seven years, and has acted as a member of the board, volunteer, and archaeologist, including as part of the 2018 BBC Alba Documentary Air Tòir Manachainn Dhèir. She will act as the Assistant Director for the project’s 2022 excavation.


BA (Oxon) Archaeology and Anthropology, MA Museums and Heritage.

Research interests

My PhD focuses on the relationship between cultural heritage and politics, with a specific focus on the Book of Deer and its associated project. The Book of Deer offers the first example of written Gaelic in the world in its margins, which are believed to have been written in the North East of Scotland. With the Book scheduled to return to the North East of Scotland in 2022 for the first time in a millennium, at a time of increasing political instability. It is my hope that the project will reflect on the importance of items of heritage, particularly at times of uncertainty. Through examining the text, the excavation, and the cultural programme surrounding it, it will be possible to further interpret its significance to the North East of Scotland and beyond.

Research group

Theory, representation and cultural politics

  • Book of Deer Project PhD Student.
  • Assistant Director  for the Book of Deer Project Excavation 2022.
  • Stories of Spaces and Places Research Assistant.
Alice Jaspars
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

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