The research team comprises researchers from Bournemouth University and University of York, in collaboration with The National Trust and the Archaeology Data Service, with support from Historic England, and English Heritage. An expanded group of advisors and experts are all contributing to bringing the Avebury archive into glorious, open-access technicolour.
Meet us below, and follow our blog for updates.
Principal Investigator (PI): Professor Mark Gillings
Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at University of Bristol
Mark’s research interests concentrate upon the productive spaces that emerge through the integrated study of landscape, archaeological theory and digital archaeology. Much of his recent research has centred upon the Neolithic landscapes of south western Britain and the monumental structures and traces of everyday dwelling that can be found there.
Co-investigator (Co-I): Dr Colleen Morgan
Senior Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York
Colleen’s research is on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. Through archaeological making Colleen explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding posthumanism and the cyborg, feminism, and interstitial spaces between past and present.
Postdoc: Dr Ben Chan
Postdoctoral Research Assistant at University of Bristol
The main focus of Ben’s research is on macroscopic (techno-typological) and microscopic (use-wear) analyses of stone tools. Ben uses these approaches to investigate the role that technology played within prehistoric societies, and more specifically, to investigate how craft and subsistence activities bound societies together. Within the context of Neolithic Britain this has led to a particular interest in the broader setting of settlement, craft and subsistence activities in which gatherings at prehistoric monuments occurred.
Postdoc: Dr Fran Allfrey
Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of York
Fran’s research explores how premodern heritage narratives are crafted between historiography, institutions, mass media, and participants.
Drawing together approaches informed by phenomenology and ethnography, Fran is interested in the use of premodern remains and myths in identity-making practices and contemporary arts, especially as related to constructions of race, nation, and gender.
Dr Rosamund Cleal
Curator at The National Trust
Digitisation placement student at Bournemouth University, writing a dissertation on how to provide better access to heritage with technology.
With thanks to the National Trust for facilitating volunteer recruitment.
We are using a repro-system supplied by Lensart to photograph the prints, diaries, and letters of the Avebury archive.