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  • Dr Paul Graves-Brown
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • p.graves-brown@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Paul Graves-Brown

Paul Graves-Brown studied archaeology at Sheffield (1983-86) and Southampton (1986-90). Originally a pre-historian (human origins), he began to shift his focus to modern material culture after spending a year with CNRS in Paris (1992-93). Initially he worked on car culture (see Graves-Brown 2000), but he has also looked at shopping centres, the AK47, popular music, modernity/Modernism, and containerisation.

His 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”.

Research Interests

  • Archaeology of the Contemporary World
  • The “Future”
  • Paul Graves-Brown's blog
  • 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

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