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Sue Hamilton

Research Interests

Landscape archaeology (Pacific, Continental Europe; UK):

  • Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Landscapes of Construction Project
  • Sensory and gendered landscapes  
  • Phenomenology
  • Rethinking archaeological field practice
  • Later Prehistory of the Tavoliere-Gargano, Puglia, Southern Italy Project: social and sensory landscapes
  • Bodmin Moor Bronze Age Landscapes Project (1996-2001)
  • Caburn Hillfort, East Sussex, Excavation and Landscape Project (1996-2001)

Later European prehistory:

  • Later Prehistory of the Tavoliere-Gargano, Puglia, Southern Italy Project
  • British Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement and technologies – ceramic production and exchange
  • British 1st millennium BC hillforts
  • Later prehistoric social landscapes 

Presentation/representation:

  • The use of art and graphic imagery in archaeological interpretation and presentation
  • The use of text in archaeological presentation

Research Directory Records

Collaborations

  • 2006-ongoing
    Rapa Nui Landscapes (Easter Island) of Construction Project
    This project is directed by Sue Hamilton (Principle Investigator) and C. Richards (University of Manchester, UK: Co-Investigator) in collaboration with Bournemouth University, UK (K. Welham: Co-Investigator)), the Chilean National Parks Authority, Rapa Nui (S. Nahoe) and the Museo Antropologico Padre Sebastian Englert, Rapa Nui (F. Torres H.). Funding: AHRC (2011-15) and The British Academy (2009)
  • 2001-2006
    The Tavoliere-Gargano Prehistory Project, Puglia, southern Italy.
    Survey of the landscapes and archaeology of the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages of the Tavoliere Plain and adjacent Gargano promontory with a focus on spatial pattering and scales, and the sociology of sensual and gendered landscapes. Directors: Sue Hamilton and Ruth Whitehouse Funding: The British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust
  • 1995 - 2000
    The Bodmin Moor Landscape Project.
    Survey and excavation of a Late Neolithic/Bronze Age ritual and settlement complex, Leskernick Hill, NW Bodmin Moor and the associated Bronze Age settlement of the Moor. A collaboration between the Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Anthropology, UCL. Directors: B. Bender, S. Hamilton, and C. Tilley. Funding: The British Academy and the Prehistoric Society.
  • 1996 - 2000
    The Caburn Hillfort and Landscape Project.
    Excavation, palaeoenvironmental studies, and intra/intervisibility studies of the Caburn Iron Age hillfort, (Lewes, East Sussex) and its topographic emplacement. A collaboration within the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Directors: P. Drewett and S. Hamilton. Funding: Sussex Archaeological Society.
  • 1997-1999
    Burgundy Iron Age Landscapes
    . A study of the landscape locations of the Iron Age sites in the Vix-Mont Lassois region. Directors: S. Hamilton and L. Olivier, Musée des Antiquités Nationales, Saint Germain-en-Laye. Funding: French Ministry of Culture and UCL

Educational Background

  • BA Hons, PhD: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Books

  • Bender,B., Hamilton,S., Tilley,C. (2007), Stone Worlds: Narrative and Reflexivity in Landscape Archaeology. Walnut Creek CA: Left Coast Press. ISBN: 978-1-59874-218-3. 304pp.
  • Hamilton,S., Whitehouse,R., Wright,K.I. (2007), Archaeology and Women, Hamilton,S., Whitehouse,R., Wright,K. (ed.) Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. ISBN: 978-1-59874-223-7. 416pp.
  • Hamilton, S. (ed) (2002). Sussex Archaeological Collections 139
  • Hamilton, S. (ed) (2001). Sussex Archaeological Collections 138
  • Emery, M., Hamilton, S., and Drewett, P. (2000) Five Thousand Midsummer Days: The Caburn, Its People and Wildlife. Lewes: English Nature Educational Book
  • Goddard, S., Hamilton, S., Knight, D., and Rouillard, S. (1997) Aspects of Illustration: Prehistoric Pottery. Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors Monograph 13, 50 pages.

Articles

  • Hamilton, S. (In press). Back to the sea: the ahu landscapes of Rapa Nui, in H. Martinson-Wallin and P Walin (eds) Easter Island and the Pacific: Migration, Identity and Cultural Heritage. Los Osos.CA: Easter Island Foundation (8000 words)
  • Hamilton, S., Nahoe, S., Torres, H. F., and Richards C. (2008) Quarried away. Thinking about Landscapes of Megalithic Construction on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)  In Bruno, D. and Thomas, J. (eds) Handbook of Landscape Archaeology. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. 176-186
  • Hamilton, S., Harrison, S., and Bender, B. (2008) Conflicting Imaginations, distinguishing between cultural and natural sediments and landscapes in upland southwest Britain. Geoforum. 39, 602-615.
  • Hamilton, S. (2007). Women in Practice: Women in British Contract Field Archaeology. Chapter 6 in Hamilton, S., Whitehouse, R., Wright, K.I. (ed.) Archaeology and Women. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 121-146. ISBN: 978-1-59874-223-7
  • Hamilton, S. (2007). Cultural choices in the ‘British Eastern Channel Area' in the Late Pre-Roman Iron Age. in Haselgrove, C., Moore, T. (ed.) The Later Iron Age in Britain and Beyond. Oxford: Oxbow, 81-106. ISBN: 9781842172520
  • Hamilton, S., Whitehouse, R., Wright, K.I. (2007). Introduction. in Hamilton, S., Whitehouse, R., Wright,K.I. (ed.) Archaeology and Women. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 13-24. ISBN: 978-1-59874-223-7
  • Hamilton, S., Seager Thomas, M. (2006). Earlier prehistoric finds assemblages: Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery. in B. Bishop, B., Bagwell, M. (ed.) Iwade: The Occupation of a North Kent Village from the Mesolithic to the medieval period. London:. London: Pre-construct Archaeology, 20-38
  • Hamilton, S., Whitehouse, R., Brown, K., Combes, P., Herring, E., Seager Thomas, M. (2006). Phenomenology In Practice: Towards a Methodology for a 'Subjective' Approach. European Journal of Archaeology 9(1), 31-71. ISSN: 1461-9571
  • Whitehouse, R., Hamilton,S. (2006). Three Senses of Dwelling: beginning to socialise the Neolithic ditched villages of the Tavoliere, southeast Italy. Journal of Iberian Archaeology 8, 159-184. ISSN: 0874-2677
  • Hamilton, S. and Whitehouse, R. (2006). Three senses of dwelling: beginning to socialise the Neolithic ditched villages of the Tavoliere, southeast Italy. In V.O. Jorge (ed.) Approaching Prehistoric and Protohistoric Architectures of Western Europe from a ‘Dwelling Perspective’. Monograph edition of The Journal of Iberian Archaeology (vol 8).
  • Hamilton (2004). Hills. In S. Harrison, S. Pile and N.Thrift (eds) Patterned Ground. Entanglements of Nature and Culture. London: Reaktion Books, 208-210.
  • Hamilton, S. (2003) . Sussex not Wessex: a regional perspective on southern Britain 1200-50 BC. In D. Rudling (ed.) The Archaeology of Sussex to AD 2000. Brighton: University of Sussex, 2-20.
  • Hamilton, S. (2002). Between Ritual and Routine: Interpreting British Prehistoric Pottery Production and Distribution. In A. Woodward and J.D. Hill (eds) Prehistoric Britain: The Ceramic Basis. Oxford: Oxbow, 38-53.
  • Hamilton, S. (2002) The Mile Oak pottery assemblage - its stratigraphic context, forms, fabrics, chronology and regional significance. In D. Rudling (ed.) Downland Settlement and Land-use. London: Archetype/English Heritage, 36-53.
  • Hamilton, S. (2002). The Downsview pottery with specific reference to the Bronze Age assemblage: its forms, dating and regional implications. In D. Rudling (ed.) Downland Settlement and Land-use. London: Archetype/English Heritage, 170-182.
  • Hamilton, S. (2002). Analysis of pottery sherds from dry valley accumulations in the Brighton area: their chronology and implications for the interpretation of the adjacent landscape. in Rudling,D. (ed.) Downland Settlement and Land-use: the Archaeology of the Brighton Bypass. London: Archetype Publications/English Heritage, 229-233
  • Hamilton, S. (2002). A review of early first millennium BC pottery from Chanctonbury Ring: a contribution to the study of Sussex hillforts of the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age transition. Sussex Archaeological Collections 139, 16-26
  • Hamilton, S. (2002). Sussex Later Neolithic and Earlier Bronze Age Pottery. Sussex Archaeological Collections 139, 29-42
  • Hamilton, S. (2002). Two Early Iron Age brooches from Eastwick Barn. in Rudling,D. (ed.) Downland Settlement and Land-Use: the Archaeology of the Brighton Bypass. London: Archetype Publications/English Heritage, 124-125
  • Hamilton, S. and Manley, J. (2001) Hillforts, monumentality and place: A chronological and topographic review of first millennium BC hillforts of Southeast England, the European Journal of Archaeology 4/1, 7-42.
  • Drewett, P., Hamilton, S. (2001). Sacred Mount or Classic Hillfort. Current Archaeology (174), 256-262. ISSN: 0702
  • Hamilton, S. (2001). A review of early first millennium BC pottery from Chanctonbury Ring: a contribution to the study of Sussex hillforts of the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age transition. Sussex Archaeological Collections 139, 89-100.
  • Tilley, C.; Hamilton, S., and Bender, B. (2001). Art and re-presentation of the past: comment on Hamilakis and Sims. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 7, 155-6.
  • Tilley, C., Hamilton, S., Harrison, S., and Anderson, E. (2000). Nature, Culture, Clitter: Distinguishing between Cultural and Geomorphological Landscapes: the case of Hilltop Tors in South-West England. Journal of Material Culture. 5(2), 197-224.
  • Hamilton, S. and Gregory, K. (2000). Updating the Sussex Iron Age. Sussex Archaeological Collections 138, 57-73.
  • Waller, M. and Hamilton, S. (2000). The vegetation of the English chalkland: new palynological and archaeological data from Mount Caburn, Journal of Quaternary Science. 15(3), 253-72.
  • Tilley, C.; Hamilton, S. and Bender, B. 2000). Art and the re-presentation of the past. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society (N.S.) 6, 35-62.
  • Drewett, P. and Hamilton, S. (1999). Marking time and making space: excavations and landscape studies at the Caburn Hillfort, East Sussex, 1996-98, Sussex Archaeological Collections 137, 7-38.
  • Hamilton, S. (1999). Lost in translation? A comment on the excavation report. Papers of the Institute of Archaeology 10, 1-8.
  • Tilley,C., Bender,B., Hamilton,S. (1998). The biography of an excavation. Cornish Archaeology 1995 . ISSN: 0070-024X
  • Waller, M. and Hamilton, S. (1998). The vegetation history of the South Downs: Mount Caburn, 115-120. In J. Morton, C. Whiteman, and M. Waller (eds) Quaternary Research Association Field Guide: South East England. Cambridge: Quaternary Research Association.
  • Hamilton, S. (1998). Using elderly data bases. Iron Age pit deposits at the Caburn, East Sussex and related sites. Sussex Archaeological Collections 136, 23-39.
  • Bender, B., Hamilton, S., and Tilley, C. (1997). Leskernick: Stone Worlds; Alternative narratives; nested landscapes. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 63, 147-178.
  • Hamilton, S. (1997). The problem of fabric: the representation of variables in prehistoric pottery. In Goddard, S., Hamilton, S., Knight, D., and Rouillard, S. Aspects of Illustration: Prehistoric Pottery. Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors Monograph 13, 5-12.

I would welcome applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Landscape Archaeology – particularly social and sensory landscapes, landscape art, and the archaeology of islands
  • Pacific (Oceania) Archaeology – particularly Polynesia and Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
  • Bronze Age and Iron Age societies, UK and Europe
  • Prehistoric ceramics, in general but I have particularly expertise in UK and European ceramics
  • Art and Archaeology

Current Students

  • Leah Acheson Roberts How can contemporary sculpture be used as an interpretive resource for archaeology in a museum context? (second supervisor Gabriel Moshenska)
  • Felipe Armstong Human representation in Rapa Nui Art. Discussing personhood through aesthetic (Joint Principal Supervisor Jeremy Tanner)
  • Susheela Crease An investigation of the practice of deposition in watery contexts in the British pre Roman Iron Age-Roman transition (second supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • Nicky Garland An analysis of the Early Urban landscape in the Late Iron Age (second supervisor Andrew Gardner; tertiary supervisor Dominic Perring)
  • Fay Stevens Still points in a moving world: A closer look at Bronze Age metalwork find spots in south western Britain (second supervisor Ulrike Sommer)

Second Supervisor

  • Jennifer Donato The Politics of Post-Colonial Identity: Objects of Representation in the Case of Fiji (principal supervisor: Paul Basu

Completed PhD students

  • Stuart Eve Through Dead Men's Eyes: Augmented Reality, Embodied GIS and Visitors to Open-Air Heritage Sites (principal supervisor Mark Lake)
  • Hilary Orange Public Perceptions of Cornish mining landscapes (principal supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • Elisa Perego The construction of personhood in Iron Age Veneto (Italy) (principal supervisor Corinna Riva)
Sue Hamilton

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