Diggings

Mel Edgar-Professional Archaeologist, Trowel Aficionado, Researcher and Out of Control Reader with 10 years of consulting and research experience in Canada, the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Mel Edgar-Professional Archaeologist, Trowel Aficionado, Researcher and Out of Control Reader with 10 years of consulting and research experience in Canada, the UK, Ireland and Europe.

I love archaeology and digging has let me appreciate its wide-ranging nature across the globe.

Archaeology is more than just a shovel in your hands and a strong back (although that’s nice too)- its how the past is made, how we see ourselves today and how we will remake ourselves tomorrow!

Exploring inside the Pont du Gard Aqueduct, Nîmes, France

Exploring inside the Pont du Gard Aqueduct, Nîmes, France

We are all attached to our ideas of the past.  Just as we are stridently hopeful about our own visions of the future-  and, as ever, the present continually influences both.

In this blog I hope to explore our society’s love affair with archaeology, and the reconstructed past; hence the subtitle ‘past and future investigations, presently.

Other than strong feelings about Late Iron Age and Early Roman shiny things (as evidenced by my recently completed PhD thesis entitled, Beyond Typology: Late Iron Age and Early Roman Brooches in Northern France), my research interests include typologies, settlement archaeology, social organisation, identity and ritual practice.

I am also fascinated by the constant interaction between modern conceptions of the past, nationalism and politics. Having worked in North America, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and various countries in Europe, I am keenly aware of the ways in which history and politics often work together to produce archaeologies of strikingly different character!

Wow- enough gushing! I want to go explore!

Stanton Drew, Somerset, UK

Stanton Drew, Somerset, UK