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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

In 2015, I graduated from Durham University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Archaeology. Specialising in landscape archaeology and the application of Corona satellite imagery, my undergraduate thesis thematised the shifting frontier separating the Roman and Sasanian Empires. I then completed my Master of Arts in Archaeology at Leiden University in 2016, where I investigated reuse in Maya monumental architecture of pre-and post-colonial Yucatán in relation to heritage formation within local indigenous communities.

In the subsequent years I worked as an excavation director and professional archaeologist in Germany.

Research

Dissertation title: Parallel Worlds? On the (re)use and valuation of historic buildings and the everyday experience and performance of living heritage

  • This thesis addresses heritage formation processes through private (re)use of historic buildings. Whilst the significance of authorised heritage is well-defined, the value of living heritage is not. Nationally and internationally, heritage management is widely dominated by the Authorised Heritage Discourse, where authenticity and historicity are among the key factors of value. Drawing from critical discourse analyses, policy evaluation, and qualitative interviews, I identify how individuals living in heritage buildings attach value to them, and how this compares with the valuation from an official perspective. Considering the authorised discourse, I analyse everyday interaction with living heritage and the impact of architectural changes on its perception. Official regulations for heritage preservation in Germany often clash with recent energy-saving regulations and the personal concerns of the residents; such discrepancies can lead to a turning away from the inhabitation of historical buildings, resulting in the devaluation, decay, and loss of built heritage. To avoid this, I assess whether and how policies should be re-evaluated regarding the conservation and preservation of such heritage.

 

Related and general fields of interest include:

  • (adaptive) reuse and transformation
  • the Archaeology-Heritage divide
  • valuation
  • built environment, materiality, and spatiality
  • monumental architecture
  • collaborative archaeology and anti-colonial, anti-racist archaeologies
  • complex societies and state-formation
  • Intermediate Area archaeology
  • landscape survey
  • remote sensing and drone survey

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

I am teaching and supervising students in the modules A1 World Archaeology and G24 Special Topics in Heritage Studies.

Research supervision: 

Other Professional Activities

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology
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General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Socio-Politics of the Past
Built Environment
Field Methods
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage

Affiliations

Subjects: 
Archaeology
Heritage Studies
Themes: 
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Material Culture
Heritage
Rethinking Complexity
Geographical areas: 
Americas
Europe
Southeast Asia
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical
Other Prehistory