The Louis Vuitton Time Capsule: A Parisian Cube in Sichuan, China

In 2019 I had the amazing opportunity to spend my summer on a university exchange programme and spent a couple of weeks before my formal graduation in the capital of Sichuan. The City of Chengdu was vast; I really had not prepared myself for sheer scale of the megacity. We spent many of our free …

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Visiting Jinsha Archaeology Museum, Sichuan, China.

Last summer I was offered the chance to visit the City of Chengdu as part of a student exchange between the University of Southampton (UK) and Sichuan University(China). It was a really amazing experience that I am glad I took advantage of  in 2019. Amongst the highlights of the trip the chance to visit the …

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A trip to Salisbury Cathedral (Guest Post by Charlie Sheppard)

I would like to thank my great friend and fellow historian Charlie Sheppard for this blog post. I was so sad not to be able to come with her, and fellow graduate students from Southampton University, to Salisbury as I was at an archaeological symposium. But her insight into the Cathedrals history and her experience …

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An essay on the protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

I found this assignment really rewarding. It allowed me to look closer into the legalities of underwater excavation and the risks that are posed to historic wrecks. This is a topic that appears in the news frequently in the UK and around the World. It is definitely a topic that need more recognition and awareness. …

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Materiality in Archaeology

Following a recent visit to The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, as part of a University course, I succeeded in producing an complimentary essay in relation to the theoretical formatting of General Pitt River's collection. The term "materiality" has several meanings across a range of subjects. In archaeology it is an approach studying past human …

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Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

As part of a university module, regarding theoretical archaeology, myself and fellow students were taken for a field trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. This FREE museum contains a fabulous collection of anthropological and archaeological artefacts . The initial collection was donated by Lt-General Pitt Rivers in 1884. gifting over 18,000 objects his only demands …

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Cleopatra’s coinage : a case study of the Ptolemaic monetary system in Egypt.

Bronze Drachma coin of Cleopatra VII. This coin originates from the reign of the last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt; Cleopatra VII Philopator (51 -30 BCE). Minted in Alexandria it is difficult to date coins precisely within her reign. However, from the inscription of ‘ΚΛΕΟΠΑΤΡΑΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ’ we know it originates from the reign of ‘Queen Cleopatra’. …

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