Studio update – Spring 2022

This academic year I am on sabbatical leave finishing three long-running projects and planning to focus more on applications of the archaeological imagination to matters of common and pressing contemporary concern, especially through design foresight and futures literacy. This is why I have put to one side my critical commentary on all things archaeological and…

A conversation on the state of archaeology in Tunisia

Nejib Ben Lazreg, Institut National du Patrimoine, Tunisia Archaeolog: what are the pressing issues facing archaeology in Tunisia today? Ben Lazreg: First of all, conservation. Rapid economic development has occurred over the last 30 years. The quality of live is changing. People are building more and more houses in step with the state investing in…

Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past

Numerous studies have focused on modernity’s destructive effect on traditional life- worlds, the desertion of villages and the ruination of rural areas. However, the fact that the modern condition also produces its own ruined materialities, its own marginalized pasts, is less spoken about. Since the 19th century, mass-production, consumerism and thus cycles of material replacement…

Some Problems and Potential in Community Engagement and Making Archaeology Public

Alex R. Knodell Brown University I recently attended a conference in Greece that was put together with the admirable goal of creating a dialogue between a local community and academic archaeologists working in the area. Topics to be addressed were past and present archaeological fieldwork, public involvement with, and awareness of, the area’s rich archaeological…

Innovation, future(s) making and archaeology

Components for wind turbines at port in Nafplion, Greece. Last Wednesday I attended a workshop at MIT entitled “Relocating innovation: Places and material practices of future making”. Convened by Lucy Suchman (in residence with the Department of Anthropology at MIT for the Spring of 2009), Endre Dányi and Laura Watts, all of the Centre for…

Lessons from the Ethics Bowl | Lessons from a Collaborative Experience

By: Lisa Anderson, Cassandra Mesick, Christine Reiser, Krysta Ryzewski & Bradley Sekedat In April 2007, Brown University fielded a team composed of graduate students from the Department of Anthropology and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World in the 4th annual Ethics Bowl at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) general meeting held…