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Research Group: Representation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology

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Researchers in the Representation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology group build upon Southampton’s long-standing leadership in the fields of representational practices, reception within the discipline and wider publics, and the social context of archaeology.

Linking to societal awareness and value, the representation, reception and politics of archaeology are increasingly important dimensions within the discipline. Work within this research group builds knowledge on the visualisation and presentation of the past (e.g. through museum display), its reception, community archaeology, and heritage value more widely. Current research includes work on:

  • Knowledge exchange and impact in the heritage domain
  • Community and indigenous archaeologies
  • Methodological development in archaeological visualisation, especially the application of digital imaging and photography
  • Early archaeological illustration
  • The reception of archaeology and Egyptology in 19th-century art
  • Social histories of Palaeolithic archaeology

Key Projects

Collaborating with researchers in cultural history, art history and the history of science, Moser leads an investigation of early archaeological illustration, looking at how early members of the Society of Antiquaries of London enlisted images to aid in their research.

Sofaer is developing novel, evidence-based applications of archaeology for social benefit that are grounded in research. She is a Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fellow, working with European Research Councils, and engaging in advocacy for the Humanities at the highest levels across the continent.

 

Associated research themes

Archaeology for the Creative Industries (ACI) provides expert Archaeological advice, consultancy and research services to the Creative Industries sector.

Applications for Postgraduate study that explore the themes of the Representation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology group are very welcome.

Key Publications

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