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 Urban || Rural 

January 13, 2017


Another CHAT session, the my colleague Ben filmed for your viewing pleasure. Rurbanities: Recording Rural Urbanities Chiara Ronchini, Scotland’s Urban Past, Historic Environment Scotland. This paper will explore community‐led archaeology in transitional and interstitial spaces in urban areas –rurbanities(1). Terms with negative connotations, such as ‘residual’, ‘marginalised’ and ‘in‐between‐ the‐buildings’, are often used to define rurbanities, implying that these areas are uninspiring, left‐over spaces within the urban fabric. On the contrary, rurbanities are very fertile ground, and have been chosen for their heritage significance, reclaimed and re‐ interpreted by local communities who have a connection with these places. Within  the  framework  of  Scotland’s  Urban  Past  (SUP),  this  paper  will  illustrate  case  studies  of community groups, who are leading on projects discovering, recording and celebrating the heritage of rurbanities around Scotland’s towns and cities. Groups in Edinburgh, Livingston and Dundee are investigating the blueprint of urban areas, focusing on the heritage between the buildings to record and tell the story of the places – secret gardens, skateparks and re‐ruralised areas – that matter to them. In line with the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, the notion of urban areas as  a  living  organism  made  of  tangible  and  intangible  elements,  and  a  complex  […]

Rural heritage and landscapes

January 9, 2017


The CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) conference was held back in October and my colleague Ben Lewis filmed the conference. Here are some of those videos from the second session: Imaginaries of ruralness in the construction of tourist space at an industrial World Heritage Site Coralie Acheson, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham. […]

Defining Rurality

January 6, 2017


Back in October my colleague Ben Lewis went to the CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) conference on the main island of the Orkneys and filmed the conference. Here are some of those videos from the first session: Semi‐Rural Paul Graves‐Brown University College London When we bought our house in Llwynhendy, Llanelli, the […]

Open Access and Open Data in Archaeology: Following the Ariadne Thread

January 4, 2017


‘Open’ be it ‘Data’, ‘Access’, or ‘Source’ is a favourite subject of mine so I was very pleased to see there was a session the topics of Open Data and Open Access at the EAA conference. My colleague Ben Lewis helped film the session and you can view the videos below as I return to […]

The Trump “Wall” probably won’t be that bad for archaeology

January 3, 2017


Ughhh, shoot me now, another article on Trump. But, a change in government means a potential change in the management of heritage so we need to discuss it. There is a lot to talk about on the subject of heritage and the new administration but I want to take on only one potential issue for […]

The Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee Conference Videos

December 23, 2016


The Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee is a liaison group which aims to promote archaeology in Tayside (Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee) and Fife. It’s your go to society for archaeology in Middle East Scotland. That is archaeology taking place in the eastern half of Scotland about halfway up the country, not Middle Eastern archaeology […]

Application of landscape survey techniques

December 21, 2016


Wednesday- so more archaeology conference videos that I have filmed. Session Abstract: This session aims to address the question of why traditional and technical landscape investigation techniques of observation, measurement and analysis (survey) are not more regularly deployed – and deployed in a timely fashion – in British archaeology. This has implications within curatorial, commercial […]