Gabriel Moshenska
  • g.moshenska@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 7510
  • Internal: 27510
  • Room 322A
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Gabriel Moshenska

Research Interests

  • Archaeology, anthropology and history of modern conflict
    The civilian experience of warfare, focusing on the British Home Front in the Second World War.  This includes an ongoing fieldwork-based project on air-raid shelters and extensive historical research on children and the material culture of violence.  I have written extensively on the theory of conflict archaeology including issues of memorialisation, education, human remains and research ethics. 
  • Public archaeology
    The public understanding of the past is a methodological approach to archaeology rather than a distinct sub-discipline.  As such, it has been a consistent element in all of my research.  I am interested in numerous aspects of public archaeology including fringe or alternative archaeologies, religious and nationalistic constructions of the past, and the politics and economics of the heritage industry.  I have a particular interest in public interactions with the archaeological process. 
  • Community archaeology I continue to work with a range of schools and community heritage initiatives in and around London.  I have taken part in ongoing debates about the nature of community archaeology; its aims, strengths and problems.  I am committed to an accessible and democratic approach to the study of the past that empowers and enables interested groups or individuals to practice archaeology. 
  • History and philosophy of archaeology
    My current research aims to provide a historical context for the development of public archaeology in Britain over the past two hundred years.  This research will focus on popular encounters with archaeological processes and materials, from nineteenth century mummy-unrollings to twenty-first century webcams on excavations.  My wider aim is to locate the development of public archaeology in relation to changing ideas of witnessing and audiences in the history of the natural sciences. 

Research Directory Records

Educational Background

  • 2009:  PhD Archaeology, UCL
  • 2005:  MA Research Methods, UCL
  • 2004:  BSc Archaeology, UCL

Principal Supervisor

  • Leah Acheson Roberts How can contemporary sculpture be used as an interpretive resource for archaeology in a museum context? (principal supervisor Sue Hamilton)
  • Clare Lewis Developing disciplinary knowledge: Inaugural lectures in Egytology (joint principal with Stephen Quirke)
  • Maja Maricevic Research functions in large heritage organisations: impact of the UK cultural and research policies on the institutional research strategies and practice (joint principal with Tim Schadla-Hall)
  • Nadia Marks The impacts of austerity on Local Authority Museums (joint principal with Andrew Reynolds)
  • Luisa Nienhaus Remembering Europe's bloody past: How do contemporary commemorations of the Napoleonic Wars reflect changing ideas of Europe and European-ness (joint principal with Tim Schadla-Hall, second supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • John Sharrock Identifying urban landscapes of memory: insights into World War Two civilian experience through an examination of its commemoration  (joint principal with Andrew Gardner)

Second Supervisor

  • Jilke Goldbach Re-claiming the Ruins of Modern Rome: the regeneration of industrial heritage in the 'Eternal City' (principal supervisor Beverley Butler)

Recently Completed

  • Jonathan Gardner  Contemporary Archaeologies of the Olympic Games (principal supervisor Beverley Butler)

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