Institute of Archaeology


Esther Breithoff - Honorary Research Associate

Esther Breithoff

Research Interests

  • Material culture of conflict
  • Post-conflict landscapes
  • Human/thing relationships
  • Archaeologies of the contemporary past
  • Latin American history
  • Anthropology of the senses
  • Indigenous archaeology/anthropology
  • Public archaeology
  • Colonial and post-colonial studies
  • Identity and memory studies
  • Heritage and museum studies

Current Research

Restricted Access Pilot Project

Interdisciplinary perspectives on clean energy production and landscape conservation in North Patagonia

This pilot project explores the ways in which the designation of certain forms of conservation landscape (for example national parks and other forms of protected areas) facilitate specific forms of environmentally damaging "non-conservation" activities outside of their borders. This invites a radical rethinking of conservation histories.

Comparison of trench art objects from South America and the First World War

Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol (ongoing) in collaboration with Nicholas J. Saunders

Educational Background

  • 2010-2015: PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol.  Thesis title: Conflict Landscapes of the Chaco War.
    Funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (FNR) under the Aides à la Formation-Recherche PhD Grant scheme (AFR). Awarded 'Best Doctoral Thesis Research award' for the Faculty of Arts by the University of Bristol Research Degrees Exam Board (October 2016)
  • 2008-2009: Masters with Distinction in Historical Archaeology of the Modern World AD1500-2000, University of Bristol. Thesis title: Materialising Absence: An Anthropology and Archaeology of Chile's 'Disappeared'.
  • 2004-2008: BA International Joint Major in Archaeology and Hispanic Studies with First-class Honours, University College Dublin and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile