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Excavating the recent past: a homeless place

Posted on 20 October 2011

...modern dig cements the past

Unlike working on a site from the deep past, the excavation of a contemporary homeless site was an opportunity for students to meet and work with the people whose culture they were excavating which made for interesting conversations about exactly how the site might have been used in the recent past and stimulated good natured debate over whose interpretation – of finds, the site - was ‘right’, a practical reflection of contemporary issues in the world of archaeology and heritage studies.

Students and Arc Light residents are looking forward to cleaning finds in early November and working together to construct narratives of the site in preparation for an interactive exhibition to be held in York in spring 2012.

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Anyone interested in being involved in the on-going project should please contact Rachael Kiddey on