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:
- 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
- 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)
- 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.