‘A World of Fragile Parts’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Archaeology / Museums

‘A World of Fragile Parts’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Recently I went to see the Architecture Biennale in Venice and its exhibition entitled ‘A World of Fragile Parts’. This was curated by Brendan Cormier from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and explored the idea that making copies of things is a way of preventing the loss of material heritage. Having this show in … Continue reading

Impaled heads and destroyed memory at the British Museum
Archaeology / Discussion / History / Museums / Reviews / Uncategorized

Impaled heads and destroyed memory at the British Museum

Deface, purify, obliterate, rip off, slash, delete, desecrate, erase, condemn, smooth over, destroy, mutilate. These are the different words used in the British Museums’ new display entitled ‘Defacing the past: damnation and desecration in imperial Rome’ to illustrate the actions taken by people against the images and names of those in power. Some of the … Continue reading

Lego, Pompeii, and the power of anachronism
Archaeology / Classics and pop culture / Museums

Lego, Pompeii, and the power of anachronism

While doing research for my PhD thesis I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of anachronism. Broadly defined, anachronism means taking something from one historical time period and placing it in another. This can mean attributing modern ideas to ancient people, judging them by our values (or us by theirs), or it can mean … Continue reading

Musings on materiality
Archaeology / Random thoughts

Musings on materiality

This past term, a few Classics graduate students have been attending an interdisciplinary seminar entitled ‘Material Culture: Crossing Disciplines and Analysing Things’ run by Dr Melissa Calaresu and Dr John Robb at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH). The readings throughout the weeks inspired us to think about … Continue reading