Digital Archive Research
Filming Antiquity proposes to digitise and contextualise excavation footage currently held in the Institute of Archaeology. Dating to the early-mid 20th century, the footage features excavations and local context in British Mandate Palestine. The footage featured will be examined as material evidence of past practice in both archaeology and film, situating their creation within a wider social, cultural and technological context. The archaeological focus of the films will be married with larger questions about British culture and identity and the myriad relationships between archaeologists and local communities.
Filming Antiquity will have four main outcomes:
- Conservation and Digitisation of Film
- Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Pilot online archive
- Publication of peer-reviewed papers analysing the available footage
The film footage and related analyses will be
collected into an online archive. In the
process, Filming Antiquity will
provide a model for making excavation films accessible, contribute to best
practice in digital archive creation, and invite public discussions and interdisciplinary
scholarship through its online platform.
The project is related to the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network.
This is a new research project and details of related outputs will be added here in due course.
- UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP): Small Research Grant Award 2014
- Amara Thornton (PI)
- Michael McCluskey (UCL English/Film Studies)
- Rachael Sparks (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
- Ian Carroll (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
- Ken Walton (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
- Stuart Laidlaw (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
- Jenny Bunn (UCL Information Studies)
- Andrew Flinn (UCL Information Studies)