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  • Dr Paul Graves-Brown
  • Honorary Senior 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

Paul Graves-Brown works with colleagues at the Institute of Archaeology on the Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory group (CHAT).

  • Graves-Brown, P. 2015b. The Sex Pistols' Guitar Tuner: Material Culture and Mythology. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, Vol 2, No 1
  • Graves-Brown, P. 2015a Reanimation or Danse Macabre. Discussing the future of industrial spaces. In Hilary Orange (ed) Re-animating Industrial Spaces. Left Coast Press: Walnut Creek, California. 235-247.
  • Graves-Brown, P. 2014. Plugging in: a brief history of some audio connectors. World Archaeology 46.3, 448-461.
  • Graves-Brown, P., Harrison, R and Piccini, A. 2013 The Oxford handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. OUP
  • Graves-Brown, P. (ed) 2000. Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture. London: Routledge.
  • Graves-Brown, P. and Schofield, J., 2011. The filth and the fury: 6 Denmark Street (London) and the Sex Pistols. Antiquity 85, 1385-1401.

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