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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

Books and Edited Volumes

  • González-Ruibal, A. and G. Moshenska (eds) Forthcoming. Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence. New York: Springer/World Archaeological Congress.
  • Moshenska, G. 2013. The Archaeology of the Second World War: Uncovering Britain’s Wartime Heritage. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Archaeology.
  • Moshenska, G. and S. Dhanjal (eds) 2012. Community Archaeology: Themes, Methods and Practices. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Myers, A. and G. Moshenska (eds) 2011. Archaeologies of Internment. New York: Springer/One World Archaeology.

Papers

  • Moshenska, G. Forthcoming. Children in ruins: bombsites as playgrounds in Second World War Britain. In B. Olsen & Þ. Pétursdóttir (eds.) Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Moshenska, G. Forthcoming. Thomas “Mummy” Pettigrew and the study of Egypt in early nineteenth century Britain. In W. Carruthers (ed.) Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Moshenska, G. and A. González-Ruibal. Forthcoming. Introduction: the only way is ethics. In A. González-Ruibal and G. Moshenska (eds) Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence. New York: Springer/World Archaeological Congress.
  • Moshenska, G. Forthcoming. The ethics of public engagement in the archaeology of modern conflict. In A. González-Ruibal and G. Moshenska (eds) Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence. New York: Springer/World Archaeological Congress.
  • Moshenska, G. Forthcoming. Spaces for Children: School Gas Chambers and Air Raid Shelters in Second World War Britain. In H. Orange (ed.) Reanimating Industrial Spaces. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
  • Moshenska, G. Forthcoming. Reclaiming memory: a polemic. In K. Lafrenz Samuel & T. Rico (eds.) Heritage Unbound: Rhetoric and Justice in Cultural Heritage. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
  • Moshenska, G. Forthcoming. The archaeology of (flash) memory. Post-Medieval Archaeology.
  • Myers, A. and G. Moshenska. Forthcoming. Confinement and Detention in Political and Social Archaeology. In C. Smith (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer.
  • Moshenska, G. 2014. ‘Token scraps of men’: white lies, weighted coffins, and Second World War air-crash casualties. In P. Cornish and N.J. Saunders (eds.). Bodies in Conflict: Corporeality, Materiality and Transformation. Abingdon: Routledge: 133-42.
  • Moshenska, G. 2013. Unrolling Egyptian mummies in nineteenth-century Britain. British Journal for the History of Science.
  • Moshenska, G. 2013. The Archaeological Gaze. In A. González-Ruibal (ed.) Reclaiming Archaeology: Beyond the Tropes of Modernity. Abingdon: Routledge, 211-19.
  • Moshenska, G. 2013. Conflict. In P. Graves-Brown, R. Harrison and A. Piccini (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 351-63.
  • Moshenska, G. 2013. The Duke of Sussex’s library and the first debates on the authorship of De Doctrina Christiana. Milton Quarterly 47(1): 1-12.
  • Moshenska, G. 2013. Reflections on the 1943 Conference on the Future of Archaeology. Archaeology International 16: 128-39.
  • Moshenska, G. and A. Salamunovich. 2013. Wheeler at war. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology.
  • Moshenska, G. 2013. Why the history of archaeology matters: a response to Mees. Post-Medieval Archaeology 47(1): 247-51.
  • Moshenska, G. 2013. An ecstasy of fumbling. The World Today December/January: 31.
  • Moshenska, G. and S. Wild. 2013. Uncovering the past: air raid shelter excavations. Britain at War 76: 77-80.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. M.R. James and the archaeological uncanny. Antiquity 86(334): 1192-1201.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. Digging up Pook’s Hill: archaeological imaginaries in Kipling’s Puck stories. Landscapes 13(1): 16-31.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. Unbuilt heritage: conceptualising absence in the historical environment. In S. May, H. Orange and S. Penrose (eds.) The Good, the Bad and the Unbuilt: Handling the Heritage of the 21st Century. Oxford: Archaeopress, 123-6.
  • Moshenska, G. and S. Dhanjal. 2012. Introduction: thinking about, talking about, and doing community archaeology. In G. Moshenska and S. Dhanjal (eds.) Community Archaeology: Themes, Methods and Practices. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. Alternative Archaeologies. In N.A. Silberman (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Archaeology (Second Edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. Resonant materiality and violent remembering: archaeology, memory and bombing. In: S. Dudley (ed.) Museum Objects. Abingdon: Routledge, 311-323.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. The Institute of Archaeology: the First 75 Years. British Archaeology May/June 34-7.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. Selected correspondence from the papers of Thomas Pettigrew (1791-1865), surgeon and antiquary. Journal of Open Archaeology Data 1(2).
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. The many faces of public archaeology: a response to Thomas King. AP Online Journal in Public Archaeology 2: 18-20.
  • Moshenska, G. and A. Myers. 2011. An introduction to archaeologies of internment. In A. Myers and G. Moshenska (eds.) Archaeologies of Internment. New York: Springer/One World Archaeology: 1-19.
  • Moshenska, G. and T. Schadla-Hall. 2011. Mortimer Wheeler’s Theatre of the Past. Public Archaeology 10(1): 46-55.
  • Moshenska, G., S. Dhanjal and D. Cooper. 2011. Building Sustainability in Community Archaeology: the Hendon School Archaeology Project. Archaeology International 13/14: 94-100.
  • Moshenska, G. 2011. Diagnosing Sir John Gardner Wilkinson: a footnote to the history of Egyptology. Antiquity 85.
  • Moshenska, G. 2011. ‘Impudent Lies’: Rhetoric and Reality in Wartime Heritage Protection, 1943-2003. Present Pasts 3(1): 68-70.
  • Moshenska, G. and P. Burtenshaw. 2011. Commodity Forms and Levels of Value in Archaeology: a Response to Gestrich. Present Pasts 3(2): 83-4.
  • Parker Pearson, M., T. Schadla-Hall and G. Moshenska. 2011. Resolving the human remains crisis in British archaeology. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 21.
  • Moshenska, G., M. Parker Pearson and T. Schadla-Hall 2011. Resolving the Human Remains Crisis in British Archaeology: Response to Sayer, Pitts, Pendragon, Elders, Lapinoja and Sutphin. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 21.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Gas masks: material culture, memory and the senses. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 16(3): 609-28.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Working with memory in the archaeology of modern conflicts. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 20(1): 33-48.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Charred Churches or Iron Harvests? Counter-monumentality and the commemoration of the London Blitz. Journal of Social Archaeology 10(1): 5-27.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Government gas vans and school gas chambers: preparedness and paranoia in Britain, 1936–1941. Medicine, Conflict & Survival 26(3): 193-204.
  • Moshenska, G. and A. Thornton. 2010. Public Archaeology interviews Neal Ascherson. Public Archaeology 9(3): 153-65.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. ‘At variance with both general and expert opinion’: the later works of Lieutenant-Colonel Professor Laurence Austine Waddell. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 20(1): 49-52.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Portable antiquities, pragmatism and the ‘precious things’. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 20: 24-7.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. The Gas Mask. Military Times 3: 80.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Air Raid Shelters: a short history of British air-raid shelters WW1 and WW2. Military Times 1.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Spanish Civil War air-raid shelters in Barcelona. Subterranea 25: 54-6.
  • Moshenska, G. and S. Wild. 2010. Sunny Hill Park and the Borough of Hendon at war. Subterranea 24: 13-15.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. The reburial issue in Britain. Antiquity 83: 815-20.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Resonant materiality and violent remembering: archaeology, memory and bombing. International Journal of Heritage Studies 15(1): 44-56
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Beyond the viewing platform: excavations and audiences. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 24(1): 39-53.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Contested pasts and community archaeologies: public engagement in the archaeology of modern conflict. In R. Page, N. Forbes and G. Pérez (eds.). Europe’s Deadly Century: Perspectives on 20th century conflict heritage. London: English Heritage, 73-9.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Second World War archaeology in schools: a backdoor to the history curriculum? Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 19: 55-66.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. What is public archaeology? Present Pasts 1: 46-8.
  • Moshenska, G. and P. Burtenshaw. 2009. Response: the values of archaeology. Present Pasts 1: 55-6.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Reply to comments by John Carman and Nils Anfinset: expanding the debate. Norwegian Archaeological Review 42(2): 181-2.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Project note. The theatre of the past: a history of public archaeology. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 19(2): 42-3.
  • Moshenska, G. 2008. Ethics and ethical critique in the archaeology of modern conflict. Norwegian Archaeological Review 41(2): 159-75.
  • Moshenska, G. 2008. A Hard Rain: children’s shrapnel collections in the Second World War. Journal of Material Culture 13(1): 107-25.
  • Moshenska, G. 2008. ‘The Bible in Stone’: pyramids, lost tribes and alternative archaeologies. Public Archaeology 7(1): 5-17.
  • Moshenska, G. 2008. Community archaeology from below: a response to Tully. Public Archaeology 7(1): 52-3.
  • Moshenska, G. 2007. Oral history in historical archaeology: excavating sites of memory. Oral History 35(1): 91-7.
  • Moshenska, G. 2007. Unearthing an air-raid shelter at Edgware Junior School. London Archaeologist 11(9): 237-40.
  • Moshenska, G., S. Dhanjal, J. Doeser, S. Phillips and S. Allen 2007. Community archaeology: against the odds. Current Archaeology 213: 34.
  • Moshenska, G. 2006. The archaeological uncanny. Public Archaeology 5(2): 91-9.
  • Moshenska, G. 2006. Scales of memory in the archaeology of the Second World War. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 17: 58-68.
  • Moshenska, G. 2006. (ed.) A Decade of Discovery: the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project 1996-2005. Great Dunham: Heritage.
  • Moshenska, G. 2006. Ten years hard labour: an introduction. In G. Moshenska (ed). A Decade of Discovery: the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project 1996-2005. Great Dunham: Heritage, 4-5.
  • Moshenska, G. 2006. Village Survey. In G. Moshenska (ed). A Decade of Discovery: the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project 1996-2005. Great Dunham: Heritage, 24.
  • Moshenska, G. 2006. Edgware Junior School air-raid shelter dig. Subterranea 11: 50.
  • Moshenska, G. 2005. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project interim report 2004. Norfolk Archaeology 44(4): 727-8.
  • Moshenska, G. 2005. The Sedgeford Village Survey: digging for local history in the back garden. The Local Historian 35(3): 159-67.

Reviews

  • Moshenska, G. 2013. Review of ‘The Royal Ordnance Factory Hayes: the Story of a World War II Gun and Tank Factory at Hayes in the London Borough of Hillingdon. (Nick Holder). London Archaeologist 13(7): 195.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. Review of ‘Cultural Heritage, Ethics, and the Military’ (ed. Peter Stone). Archaeological Journal.
  • Moshenska, G. 2012. Review of ‘Tessa Verney Wheeler: Women and Archaeology Before World War Two’ (L.C. Carr). Public Archaeology 11(3): 158-60.
  • Moshenska, G. 2011. Review of ‘Unquiet Pasts: risk society, lived cultural heritage, re-designing reflexivity’ (eds. S. Koerner and I. Russell). International Journal of Heritage Studies 17(5): 523-6.
  • Moshenska, G. 2011. Review of ‘World Crisis in Ruin: the Archaeology of the Former Soviet Nuclear Missile Sites in Cuba’. (M. Burström, A. Gustafsson and H. Karlsson). Public Archaeology 10(4): 235-7.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Review of ‘Contested Objects: material memories of the Great War’ (eds. N.J. Saunders and P. Cornish). Cambridge Archaeological Journal 20(2): 279-81.
  • Moshenska, G. 2010. Countering counterinsurgency. Review of ‘The counter-counterinsurgency manual, or, notes on demilitarizing American society’. (Network of Concerned Anthropologists). Public Archaeology 9(2): 121-3.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Review of ‘Contemporary Archaeologies: excavating now’. (eds. C. Holtorf and A. Piccini 2009). Norwegian Archaeological Review 42(2): 205-7.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Review of ‘Childhood in the Past: an International Journal’ (ed. E. Murphy 2008). Archaeological Review from Cambridge 24(2): 183-7.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Review of ‘A splendid idiosyncrasy: prehistory at Cambridge 1915-50’. (P.J. Smith 2009). Public Archaeology 8(4): 373-7.
  • Moshenska, G. 2009. Review of ‘Contested spaces: sites, representations and histories of conflict. (L. Purbick, J. Aulich and G. Dawson eds. 2007). Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 19: 100-3.
  • Moshenska, G. 2007. Review of ‘Writing archaeology: telling stories about the past’ (B. Fagan 2005). Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 18: 190-2.

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