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Research project: Disinter/est: digging up our childhood - Dormant - Dormant

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On the 1 August 1972 Joshua Sofaer was born in Mill Road Maternity Hospital in Cambridge. His elder sister Joanna was about to have her second birthday. By September 1973 the family had left for Edinburgh.

In this research project Disinter/est, brother and sister met in Cambridge to explore the city, the places of their childhood, the places they were before they can remember, and have used the practices of archaeology to see if it is possible to understand the forgotten past.

During the research, the boundaries of archaeological method were inevitably challenged, or at least had to confront and engage with the disciplines of social anthropology, oral history and psychology. There was also a necessary negotiation of the pleasures and problems of working with family as both co-researcher and research subject. The process has been incredibly provocative, not only pushing the traditional boundaries of subject specialisms, but bringing together a sister and a brother in a social and working relationship they would otherwise never have encountered.

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