European Association of Archaeologists Conference

  • Thomas, A. (Organiser)
  • Lee, D. (Organiser)
  • Carolyn White (Organiser)
  • Ursula Frederick (Organiser)

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Session LV6: Thursday 3rd September 2015, 08:00-15:30

Creative Archaeologies: Emerging theory and practice from art/archaeology interactions

As disciplines, art and archaeology share common legacies and visions and the last decade has seen a wealth of art/archaeology interactions and collaborations. This session explores the legacy of these projects and questions what the future vision of the dynamic between art and archaeology might be.

Recent trends in art / archaeology interactions and collaborations have aimed to break down disciplinary boundaries and explore common themes and practice, but Art and Archaeology are still frequently placed in opposition to one another. Many interactions remain one-way and constrained by disciplinary constructs. Nevertheless, there are also many examples of trans-disciplinary collaborations which are challenging these paradigms and exploring new and innovative practice.

This session celebrates such approaches, and takes things a little further – making collaboration and experimentation the norm and exploring new forms of practice. Creative archaeologies, in this sense, are innovative and varied practices that may not have conventional outcomes.

As such, this session asks whether it is still valid to talk of art/archaeology as an interdisciplinary area, or does this term itself merely perpetuate a false dichotomy? Is it instead more valid to think of new forms of creative practice, which we might term as neither art, nor archaeology, but something else?

Session organisers:
Lead - Antonia Thomas (University of York / University of the Highlands and Islands)
Dan Lee (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Ursula Frederick (Australian National University)
Carolyn White (University of Nevada, Reno)
Period3 Sept 2015
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Art and Archaeology