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Professor Dan Hicks

Associate Professor Dan Hicks MCIfA, FSA

Associate Professor and Curator in Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology
36 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PG


phone: 01865 613011

fax: 01865 278254

email: dan.hicks@arch.ox.ac.uk

Dan Hicks MA (Oxon), Ph.D. (Bristol), MCIfA, FSA
Dan Hicks is Associate Professor in the School of Archaeology, Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St Cross College. He is also Lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology at St John's College, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) and a full Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).  Dan is a member of the AHRC Peer Review Council and an elected Trustee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is the University of Oxford's Junior Proctor Elect for 2017-18.
 
Dan teaches a range of papers for the BA Archaeology and Anthropology, the BA History of Art and the MSt in Archaeology, including the Nature of Archaeological and Anthropological Enquiry, Urbanisation and Change in Complex Societies, Landscape and Ecology, Introduction to World Archaeology and a hands-on optional paper Understanding Museums and Collections. He supervises doctoral students in the fields of historical archaeology, material culture studies, and contemporary archaeology.
 
Dan worked for ten years in the UK commercial and local government archaeology sector, and held a lectureship at Bristol University for five years, before moving to his present position at Oxford in 2007. His research and teaching falls across three inter-connecting fields: 1) The archaeological study of the recent past (including historical archaeology and contemporary archaeology); 2) The theoretical and applied study of material culture in the humanities and social sciences (including using museum collections to study the history of archaeology); and 3) the archaeology of the British landscape in comparative perspective (including changing conceptions of "heritage"). Current activities include leading a research programme re-discovering the earliest archaeological collections made by Augustus Pitt-Rivers (funded by Arts Council England and ESRC, in partnership with the British Museum). With modern historian William Whyte, he is the General Editor of a series, A Cultural History of Objects, for Bloomsbury Publishers. From 2015, Dan directs the new AHRC Oxford University Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme.
 
He has published five books: The Cambridge Companion to Historical Archaeology (Cambridge University Press 2006), The Garden of the World: An Historical Archaeology of Sugar Landscapes in the Eastern Caribbean (British Archaeological Reports 2007), Envisioning Landscape: Situations and Standpoints in Archaeology and Heritage (Left Coast Press 2007), The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies (OUP 2010), and most recently World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum (Archaeopress 2013). Dan has written for a range of journals, from Current Anthropology and World Archaeology to the Times Literary Supplement.  Dan is the kind of archaeologist who places public engagement and cross-sector collaboration at the centre of his research activity. He has regularly appeared on a range of broadcast media, including BBC 4 TV documentaries and BBC Radio 4's In Our Time and Making History, and is an active Twitter user: @ProfDanHicks

 

Publications

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Books

Papers and Book Chapters (Selected)

  • 2013. Four Field Anthropology: charter myths and time warps from St Louis to Oxford. Current Anthropology 54(6).

  • 2013. Characterizing the World Archaeology Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum. In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. Later Prehistoric and Roman Europe (with Joshua Pollard). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. Post-Roman Europe. (with Eleanor Standley and Alice Forward). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.

  • 2013. Oxfordshire. (with Matthew Nicholas). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. The Aegean and Cyprus (with Yannis Galanakis). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. South America (with Bill Sillar). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. Central America (with Elizabeth Graham and Alice Stevenson). In D. Hicks and A.  Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. The Caribbean (with Jago Cooper). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. North America (with Michael Petraglia). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. Asia and the Middle East. In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. India and Sri Lanka (with Michael Petraglia and Nicole Boivin). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.

  • 2013. Australia and Oceania. In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.


  • 2013. Easter Island and Pitcairn Island (with Sue Hamilton, Mike Seager Thomas and Ruth Whitehouse). In D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress.

  • 2010. Material culture studies: a reactionary view (with Mary C. Beaudry). In D. Hicks and M.C. Beaudry (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-21.

  • 2010. The material-cultural turn: event and effect. In D. Hicks and M.C. Beaudry (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 25-98.

  • 2009. Rematerialising metropolitan histories? People, places and things in modern London. In Audrey Horning and Marilyn Palmer (eds) Crossing Paths or Sharing Tracks? Future directions in the archaeological study of post-1550 Britain and Ireland. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, pp. 323-350 (with Nigel  Jeffries, Alastair Owens, Rupert Featherby and Karen Wehner)

  • 2007. From Material Culture to Material Life. Journal of Iberian Archaeology 9/10: 245-255 (2007)

  • 2007. Further Reading. In Penrose. S., (ed.) Images of Change: an archaeology of England's contemporary landscape. Swindon: English Heritage.

  • 2007. Historical Archaeology in Britain. In D.M. Pearsall (ed.) Encyclopedia of Archaeology. San Diego: Academic Press.

  • 2007. Landscapes as Standpoints. In D. Hicks et al (eds) Envisioning Landscape Archaeology. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press (One World Archaeology) (with Laura McAtackney)

  • 2007. Colonialism and Landscape: Power, Materiality and Scales of Analysis in Caribbean Historical Archaeology. In D. Hicks et al (eds) Envisioning Landscape Archaeology. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press (One World Archaeology) (with Mark Hauser, 2007)

  • 2006. Introduction:The Place of Historical Archaeology. In D. Hicks and M.C. Beaudry (eds)The Cambridge Companion to Historical Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-9. (with Mary C. Beaudry)

  • 2006. Historical Archaeology and Buildings. In D. Hicks and M.C. Beaudry (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Historical Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 273-292 (with Audrey Horning)

  • 2005. 'Places for Thinking' from Annapolis to Bristol: Situations and Symmetries in "World Historical Archaeologies"'. World Archaeology 37(3): 373-391.

  • 2004. Historical Archaeology and the British. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 14 (1): 101-106.

  • 2003. Archaeology Unfolding: Diversity and the Loss of Isolation. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 22 (3): 315-329.

  • 2000. Ethnicity, Race and the archaeology of the Atlantic slave trade. Assemblage 5.

Book Reviews and Review Articles

  • 2010. Review of Owen Hatherley ‘Militant Modernism’. Planning Perspectives 25(2).

  • 2009. The Smallest Rooms. Times Literary Supplement 5568/5569: 35. (2009)

  • 2009. Review of B. Bender et al. ‘Stone Worlds: narrative and reflexivity in landscape archaeology’.American Antiquity 74(3): 590-591. (2009)

  • Review of Trevor Rowley ‘The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century’ Landscapes 8 (2008)Review of S. Kane (ed.) 2003. ‘The Politics of Archaeology and Identity’.Journal of Historical Geography32 (3): 665-667 (2006)

  • 'From 'Questions that Count' to Stories that 'Matter' in Historical Archaeology'.Antiquity 78: 934–939 (2004)

Selected Other Publications

  • 2009. Excavating the Archives: archive archaeology and the higher education sector. London: HEFCE (Guidelines for Teaching and Learning 7).

  • 2004. Change and Creation: historic landscape character, 1950-2000. London: English Heritage (with Andrea Bradley, Victor Buchli, Graham Fairclough, Janet Miller and John Schofield).

  • 2004. Biographies of London Life: the archaeology of Londoners and their things, AD 1600-2000. London: Museum of London 'Research Matters' Occasional Publication 3. (with Nigel Jeffries)