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Creative Frontiers


Creative Frontiers

Part of the ‘Applying Archaeological Theory‘ Strand Sponsored by Big Heritage at TAG DEVA 40th Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Chester. 17th-19th December 2018.

Discussant: Dr Eloise Govier (University of Wales Trinity St David)

Chair: Erin Kavanagh (University of Wales Trinity St David)

Influencing perceptions is a role attributed to public intellectuals, yet archaeologists appear to be absent from inhabiting such a stage (Tarlow and Stutz, 2013). This session seeks to question if this is actually so, when our collective and individual works are engaged with the process of re-creating worlds, potentially impacting the way that society can be perceived.

We therefore contend that processes of making are a critical area of investigation for applied archaeological theory, requesting creative responses from those addressing the ‘worlding world’ (Ingold, 2017) through the production of archaeological narratives.

Questions include, but are not exclusive to:

What theories, methods and practices do archaeologists embrace to reveal/veil and re/create unique lifeways – and how might these shape current social debate?

Does archaeological theory simply scavenge from innovators, or does it create new frontiers of thought, be they disciplinary, commercial or conceptual?

Archaeological narratives have been apparent in creative media for millennia, from poetry to television. Could these be seen as oblique modes of social influence?

And are archaeological worlds peopled only by the past, and therefore not of relevance to a present public..?

Keywords: creative method; Innovation; representation; social debate; world-making.

Earlier Event: September 5