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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An essay on the faults of the antiquities trade…

I wrote this essay as an assignment for a current University module I am taking and received an unexpectedly good mark. It was an incredibly interesting and insightful moral debate about the nature of the global antiquates trade. I used my previous knowledge about the looting of artefacts from the Middle East and North Africa …

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Cranborne Chase : Field Diary Day 1

Today was my first day I was on site at Down Farm. The initial hour was spent mostly getting to grips with the site and talking over the logistics of the excavation. My lecturer Tim Sly was our guide and explained where Wessex Archaeology had excavated before. We looked through some of the previous discovery's at the …

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Jawaharlal Nehru – the most quoted man in history?

In one of my recent posts I listed numerous quotes that I gathered in my journal last year. Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), the Harrow / Cambridge educated philanthropist and first Prime Minister of India, featured prominently in this collection. Now, Indian history is one I am largely unfamiliar with. But this is one of the great …

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Thoughts on Elton’s ‘Tudor Revolution in Government’ …

Primarily hypothesised by Dr. G. R. Elton in his 1953 book, The Tudor Revolution in Government[1], the concept reflects the departure in style of government from the medieval to the modern during Henry VIII’s reign.  There has been much historiographic argument as a result of this seminal work. Elton emphasises the role of Henry’s chief …

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Wishing a Happy 258th Birthday to the British Museum

Ok so I may be a few years too late for the big 250th but in defence I was 10 at the time... The British museum is one of the most iconic and visited museums in the world. No trip to London would be complete without wondering around the galleries for a few hours at …

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Human Origins Essay

submitted finally! This essay taps into the recent biological advancements made in genetics and its application to the early days of our species.  This has been my favorate module  in semester one of my first year at the univercity of southampton and has allowed me to make good use of my biology A-level. I'm not …

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