Posted on 19 May 2017
Caitlin has won the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology 2016 Postgraduate Dissertation Prize. Caitlin's dissertation was on ‘The Radical Landscapes of Peterloo: an archaeological analysis of the construction of radical political space’ and her dissertation supervisor was Jonathan Finch.
Caitlin's dissertation explored historical archaeology's political dimensions. Her abstract:
Historical archaeology has yet to explore its full potential in the study of the political. Peterloo, subsequent events, and the York trial of those arrested offer the exciting opportunity to analyse the role of material culture and landscape in the construction of political radicalism, demonstrating that archaeology can utilise a documentary record rather than traditional sources to provide new insights. These discoveries include how British radicals were creating a unified visual material culture, Loyalists and prosecutors used material culture to construct a violent crowd, and that local landscapes connected to produce a national reaction to Peterloo.
Congratulations to Caitlin for this fantastic achievement, and thank you to the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. Caitlin is now developing the ideas introduced in her Master's dissertation into a PhD with Jonathan Finch.