The Institute of Archaeology, established in 1961, is part of the School of Archaeology at Oxford University. The School overall embraces a wide range of archaeological research, from the Palaeolithic to post-medieval periods and across much of the world (with particular focus on Africa, Asia and Europe). Over 30 academics are based at the Institute, and it forms one of the principal foci for undergraduate and graduate teaching of archaeology at Oxford. It also houses a substantial archive of material of prominent 20th-century archaeologists associated with Oxford, including Christopher Hawkes, O G S Crawford and Paul Jacobsthal.
The Institute’s current Director, Chris Gosden, is the Professor of European Prehistory and is a collaborator in the NEARCH project. One of his key current research interests is the study of landscapes and identities, and he is the Principal Investigator on an ERC-funded project (‘EngLaId’) to investigate the long-term history of the English landscape from the Bronze Age to medieval period. This project includes work with modern-day communities to explore perceptions of local landscapes and their histories, an area in which the project’s artist Miranda Creswell is closely involved. The project overall also has a strong visual component through Miranda’s involvement, as she works with the project archaeologists to explore ways in which the past can be represented visually by (and for) both academics and the public. These themes tie closely with core issues of the NEARCH project, and more information about the EngLaId project can be found at http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/englishlandscapes-introduction.html.
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