Centre for Historical Archaeology

The School is home to Britain’s largest grouping of researchers specialising in historical archaeology.


05.jpg

Centre for Historical Archaeology

The Centre for Historical Archaeology is the UK’s only research institution dedicated to the archaeological study of the past 500 years. The CHA strives to foster productive and exciting scholarly discussion and debate on the recent past. We coordinate interdisciplinary and holistic research, while mentoring our postgraduate students as teachers and researchers. We aim to nurture a highly engaged community of historically-minded archaeologists and archaeologically-minded historians interested primarily in the social issues that cross-cut our various theoretical, temporal and geographical specialties.

What is historical archaeology?

The CHA takes historical archaeology to mean the study of the past 500 hundred years, but embraces comparison with other historical periods. Drawing upon archaeological, archival, and oral data sets, historical archaeologists combine multiple lines of evidence to foster sophisticated and complex perspectives on the past. These perspectives relate directly to issues that continue to colour the world in which we live, such as social inequality, conflict, and identity. Members of the CHA practice local, regional, national and international archaeologies, with particular expertise in English and North American archaeologies and histories. The CHA’s two flagship projects are Professor Sarah Tarlow’s Criminal Corpses Project and Dr. Craig  Cipolla’s Mohegan Archaeological Field School.

History and Goals of the CHA

The Centre for Historical Archaeology was established in 2008 by Professor Marilyn Palmer to build on the strength of historical archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester.

Activities

The Centre is focusing activity on developing jointly funded research projects, creative student dissertation projects, PhD studentships and post-doctoral fellowships. During 2009-2010, we welcomed two short-term residential fellows: Dr M. Dores Cruz of the University of Denver  (examining Portuguese colonialism in Africa) and doctoral candidate Brent Fortenberry of Boston University (researching public space in Bermuda). The Centre also launched the (already well established and very successful) MA in Historical Archaeology in October 2008, available campus-based and through our distance learning programme.

Caribbean archThe Centre also supports dialogue in the discipline through the coordination of conferences and seminar series. We have held three successful postgraduate conferences that brought together research students examining topics in historical archaeology with a geographic range that included Australasia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, Britain, and Ireland. Our fourth conference ran in April 2013.

Since 2008, we have also welcomed eleven international guest speakers.

Our CHA lunchtime seminar series continues this year with the following speakers:

  • 3rd November, 2014,  12 pm, ATT208: Mark Webb, The Disappearance of Medieval Towns
  • 17th November, 2014,  12 pm, Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite 2: Emma Dwyer, "It's my dirt, nobody else's": Right to Buy and the Transformation of the Built Environment
  • 1st December, 2014, 12 pm, Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite 2: Chantal Bielmann, Community Archaeology in Action: The Case of Anstey's Big Dig

 

Currently, staff of the School play major roles in the Society for Historical Archaeology, the Society for Medieval Archaeology, the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group and the Association for Industrial Archaeology.

 

Core Staff

DIRECTOR: Craig Cipolla (Lecturer in Historical Archaeology)

Sarah Tarlow (Professor of Historical Archaeology)

Penelope Allison (Reader in Ancient History and Archaeology)

Deirdre O'Sullivan (Lecture in Archaeology)

Marilyn Palmer (Honorary Professor of Industrial Archaeology)

Richard Thomas (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology)

Ruth Young (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology)

B. Tyr Fothergill (Postdoctoral Researcher)

 

Postgraduate Associates

Emma Dwyer

Rebecca Gordon

Sarah Newstead

Eric Tourigney

 

Additional related staff

Dr Neil Christie, Dr David Edwards, Professor Lin Foxhall, Dr Constantina Katsari, Dr Andy Merrills and Professor Graham Shipley

 

Honorary Fellows

Mr Nick Brannon, Dr M. Dores Cruz, Prof. David Gaimster, Dr Brent Fortenberry, Prof Audrey Horning, Dr Ian West, and Dr Alasdair Brooks.

 

Share this page:

Contacts

The Centre for Historical Archaeology

Email: arch-anchist@le.ac.uk

Tel:+44 (0)116 252 2611

University of Leicester

University Road

Leicester LE1 7RH