Archaeology & Anthropology

Items from the Staffordshire Hoard, discovered in 2009

As I say on the ‘About’ page, I studied Archaeology and Anthropology at degree level at one of the world’s greatest universities, and these disciplines are true passions of mine. I completed A Level Archaeology, and so coupled with my existing love for and interest in this field, I knew somewhat what to expect when it came to uni. However, I had never encountered Anthropology until university, and so came to this area blind. Despite this, I have grown to love Anthropology, which- whilst being challenging and taxing upon the brain- has made me view the world somewhat differently and made me study areas of everyday life and society that I would never have encountered or thought to look at before the degree. Some of these have actually become my favourite topics within Anthropology!

Here, I list my particular areas of interest within each of the interconnected disciplines:

Archaeology

  • Theory and the history of archaeology- in particular post-processualism and the many varied critiques of this that spring readily to mind
  • Whether there is in fact such thing as ‘theory’ in archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Burial archaeology
  • Gender archaeology (what used to be called ‘the archaeology of women’)
  • The Early Medieval period in Europe- especially and particularly the Anglo-Saxons
  • And within Anglo-Saxon archaeology- the history of the church, metalwork and trade

Anthropology

  • As with archaeology- gender
  • Ethnicity and nationalism
  • Material culture studies, at both micro level (within individual cultures) and macro level (the abstract theories of material culture and consumption/commoditization)
  • Art
  • Ethics- crossing over somewhat with archaeology
  • Landscape- again crossing over with archaeology, especially in the phenomenological methods employed by post-processual archaeologists

I hope to cover all of these topics on here in various ways as the news throws up relevant discoveries or topics, and as my mind wanders in these directions. 

2 thoughts on “Archaeology & Anthropology

  1. Trinity says:

    Love it! I assume you’ve seen the BBC “Face of Britain” series, by Neil Oliver? We just got it on DVD, and loved it. It’s interesting that the Danish Vikings & Anglo-Saxons are genetically identical… it just depends on which part of history you’re looking at. In German (and also the German we also use here in this part of Switzerland) we use the term “Anglo-Saxon” even in modern business references; if we say something is A-S we mean that it has certain Germanic qualities or mentalities inherent. My husband used the term just this week as we discussed one of his business meetings…

  2. Thank you! In the UK, we also use the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’, but often to describe vulgar language due to the roots of many common swear words being of such stock. It is also used in a similar way to how you describe, but to interestingly describe things as being British. More common for us is the term ‘Celtic’ to describe something inherently British.

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