The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxfordshire and…me (part 1)


In 2008 a cool looking job was advertised at the Pitt Rivers Museum funded by the lovely people at the Institute for Archaeologists. I was (somehow) lucky enough to get it and subsequently spent the next two years working on all sorts of extraordinary objects in extraordinary surroundings (you know a job is special when the H&S talk consists of the instruction ‘don’t stab yourself with a poison arrow…’). For the latter part of my time there I worked on the project World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Conceived by Dr Dan Hicks (Curator of Archaeology) and managed by both Dan and Dr Alice Stevenson (Researcher in World Archaeology), the project involved a host of specialists examining over 30,000 objects from 134 countries [1] in a process not too dissimilar from a  MoRPHE post-excavation assessment. The project was to result in a book (published on the 8th March, available to purchase now), and very kindly I was encouraged to throw my hat in the ring with a chapter on Oxfordshire (co-authored with Dan Hicks). The sheer size of the book (500+ pages) meant there was simply not space for everything, so I’ve cobbled together a few of my leftover notes into a series of blogs. Continue reading