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Dr Darko Maričević 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Dr Darko Maričević is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

My academic career follows on from six years spent in the commercial sector with Oxford Archaeology, which I combined with undergraduate teaching at the University of Reading's archaeological field school in Silchester. I returned to the University of Reading as a postgraduate between 2005 and 2009 to complete my PhD on ‘Later Prehistory of Tiree and Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland'. This was an AHRC-funded project (Collaborative Doctoral Awards) in collaboration with An Iodhlann - Tiree's historical centre.

Since 2008 I have been involved with the AHRC-funded WF16 Project, conducted by the University of Reading and the Council for British Research in the Levant, which involved the excavation of an important Pre-Pottery Neolithic A settlement at Wadi Faynan in southern Jordan. This led to my appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Reading in the period between 2010 and 2012, during which I have been co-writing the results of the excavation.

Research interests

The main focus of my current research lies within the HERA-funded project Creativity and Craft production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA). This collaborative research project explores creativity during Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (1800-800/500BC) through developments in decorative motifs, techniques and skill for three different materials: pottery, metal (bronze) and textiles. The project moves beyond the state of the art to understand creativity through the time depth offered by archaeology and focus on craft prior to the separation of art from the domestic. I am a member of the CinBA Pottery Research Team focusing on spatial and temporal trends in pottery. I am especially interested in exploring different ways in which the culturally derived meanings were channelled through the material culture and how this affected creative processes and the decision making in the production sequence.

While my CinBA research rests within the realm of the material culture I am also pursuing ongoing fieldwork-based research into the development history of several different cultural landscapes in the Inner Hebrides. I use different geophysical prospection techniques, small scale excavations and the analysis of the antiquarian and later artefact collections as combined means of archaeological enquiry into the prehistoric and later Hebridean settlement history. I am currently working on the publication of the results of the investigations carried out at the multi-period prehistoric ceremonial complex at Hough on Tiree, Early Bronze Age settlement at Caolas an-Eilean on Coll and later prehistoric remains and post-medieval township at Airigh Ghuaidhre on Islay.

Dr Darko Maričević
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

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