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About donhenson

I am freelance consultant archaeologist specialising in public archaeology, interpretation, education and the media.

Referendum blues

Trying to understand who voted Leave and why – here are data from a survey by Lord Ashcroft of 12,000 people who voted: http://lordashcroftpolls.com/2016/06/how-the-united-kingdom-voted-and-why/. It makes frightening reading. They are older, poorer, ill-educated and less in tune with the modern … Continue reading

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So that was 2014

2014 – a new start So, what did 2014 bring? I began a new chapter in my life – going back to university to do a PhD (again: and before you ask, I did one in 1983-88 but never submitted … Continue reading

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Archaeology and the modern condition

Some reading for my PhD left me once again inspired. A piece by Sir Grahame Clark in 1943 on what archaeology could contribute to school education after the war. Clark, J G D 1943 “Education and the study of man”, … Continue reading

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A student again!

So, today I begin life as a student again. I begin my PhD research on public perceptions of the Mesolithic at York University under Nicky Milner. It really is exciting. The topic is set by Nicky – it’s a collaborative … Continue reading

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British Archaeological Awards for 2104

Nominations for the 2014 British Archaeological Awards are now open. http://www.archaeologicalawards.org.uk/ The 2014 British Archaeological Awards will take place on Monday 14 July 2014 at the British Museum and is one of the key events of the Council for British … Continue reading

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EAA 2013 in Plzen

I’m back now from the European Association of Archaeologists conference in Plzen. It was in a lovely city, small and not oriented for tourism, but with lovely buildings in the old town.The way out to the university was lined with … Continue reading

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Painful heritage

I had a recent trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau. There was much to think about at both sites. Both represent very painful heritage, a history of barbarity and industrial killing on an unimaginable scale. Part of me went round both sites responding … Continue reading

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