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Paul Graves-Brown

Studied archaeology at Sheffield (1983-86) and Southampton (1986-90). Originally a prehistorian (human origins), began to shift to modern material culture after a year with CNRS in Paris (1992-93). Initially worked on car culture (see Graves-Brown 2000), but have looked at shopping centres, the AK47, popular music, modernity/Modernism, containerisation. Current research projects include: Contemporary burial practices, the archaeology of King Arthur and Sherlock Holmes, protest on the Newbury Bypass and a cultural history of the “Future” (which hopefully won't end up like Benjamin's Arcades Project!)

Research Interests

  • Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Forthcoming. Eds Paul Graves-Brown, Rodney Harrison and Angela Piccini
  • Graves-Brown, Paul. Forthcoming. The Old Bag's Way: Space and Power in Contemporary Heritage. In John Schofield (ed) Who Needs Experts? Ashgate
  • Graves-Brown, Paul. forthcoming. Authenticity. In Paul Graves-Brown, Rodney Harrison and Angela Piccini (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World.
  • Graves-Brown, Paul 2013 The box and the Encinal Terminal: an archaeology of globalization. Post-Medieval Archaeology 47/1, 253–260
  • Graves-Brown, Paul. 2013 Inside is out. In Alfredo Gonzalez-Ruibal (ed) Reclaiming Archaeology. Taylor and Francis
  • Graves-Brown, Paul 2012 Where the Streets Have no Name: a Guided Tour of Pop Heritage Sites in London’s West End. In Sarah May, Hilary Orange and Sefryn Penrose (eds) The Good, the Bad and the Unbuilt: Handling the Heritage of the Recent Past. Studies in Contemporary and Historical Archaeology 7. Oxford: Archaeopress
  • Graves-Brown, Paul 2011 Touching from a distance. Norwegian Archaeological Review 44(2)
  • Graves-Brown, Paul 2011 Archaeology. A career in ruins. Archaeological Dialogues 18 (2) 168–171
  • Graves-Brown, Paul 2011 Sex Pistols' graffiti: the end of the future. The Guardian 23rd November. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/23/sex-pistols-graffiti (accessed 27/11/12)
  • Graves Brown, Paul and Schofield, John 2011 The filth and the fury: 6 Denmark Street (London) and the Sex Pistols. Antiquity 85: 1385–1401
  • Graves-Brown, P.M. 2009b “Because its there. The ascent of Everest” in Defining Moments ed John Schofield, Archaeopress
  • Graves-Brown, P.M. 2009c “The library of Babel: Origins of the World Wide Web” in Defining Moments ed John Schofield Archaeopress
  • Graves-Brown, Paul 2009 Nowhere Man: Urban life and the virtualisation of popular music. Popular Music History 4.2: 220-241
  • Graves-Brown, P.M. 2009 “The privatisation of experience. Towards an archaeology of the future” in Contemporary Archaeologies: Excavating Now eds Cornelius Holtorf and Angela Piccini
  • Graves-Brown, P.M. 2007 “Avtomat Kalashnikova.” Journal of Material Culture (November)
  • Graves-Brown, P.M. 2007 “Concrete Islands ” in Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Papers from the 2003 and 2004 CHAT Conferences edited by Laura McAtackney, Matthew Palus and Angela Piccini
  • Graves-Brown, P.M. (ed) 2000 Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture. London: Routledge
  • Graves-Brown, P.M., S. Jones, & C.S. Gamble, (eds) 1996 Archaeology and Cultural Identity: The Construction of European Communities London: Routledge.
  • Graves-Brown, P.M. 1995 ‘Fearful symmetry.’ World Archaeology. 27(1): 88-99
  • Graves, P.M. 1994. ‘My strange quest for Leroi-Gourhan’ Antiquity 68. July
  • Graves, P.M. 1994 ‘Flakes and ladders: What the archaeological record does not tell us about the origins of language.’ World Archaeology 26(2):158-171

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