Dan Hicks MA (Oxon), Ph.D. (Bristol), FSA, MIfA is University Lecturer in the School of Archaeology and Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum. He is a Fellow of St Cross College, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) and a full Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA). He publishes much of his writing on a blog, and tweets as @DrDanHicks.
Dan's research and teaching is focused on the connections between anthropology, archaeology and history, especially in relation to material things. He has published widely in historical archaeology, material culture studies and heritage and museum studies, and has particular regional interests in the UK, the Caribbean, North America and the Atlantic world. Dan teaches and advises students in Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Art. His teaching includes an optional paper titled Understanding Museums and Collections. Dan has regularly appeared on television and radio, including Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time (BBC Radio 4) and several BBC4 television documentaries.
Dan is a member of the Peer Review College and a member of editorial boards including those of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology and the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. Dan is a founding member of the CHAT conference group in contemporary and historical archaeology. He is currently directing a collections-based assessment of the early archaeological activities of General Augustus Pitt-Rivers (funded by Arts Council England) at the Pitt Rivers Museum, titled Excavating Pitt-Rivers.
Research Grants Awarded (selected)
Excavating Pitt-Rivers. Arts Council England (Designation Development Fund).
The History and Curation of the Sub-Saharan Stone Age Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum. The Boise Fund
Stahl Endowment Grant (University of California, Berkeley) (with Laurie Wilkie).
Characterizing the World Archaeological Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum. John Fell OUP Research Fund.
Ecologies of Modern Heritage. AHRC/EPSRC Heritage Science Research Clusters. (Principal Investigator, with Caitlin DeSilvey, Exeter University)
Heritage Lottery Fund/Institute of Field Archaeologists Workplace Training Bursary in Archive Archaeology
EPSRC, with additional funding from ESRC, NERC, AHRC and English Heritage. Collision or Consensus? A site-specific approach to integrating methodologies for the historic environment. Workshop series (Co-Investigator with Dr Heather Viles)
HEFCE FDTL 5 Transferability Fund: Archive Archaeology from Undergraduate to Postgraduate Contexts in Archaeology. (Co-Investigator with Professor Clive Orton (UCL), Dr Gustav Milne (UCL) & Robin Skeates (University of Durham))
Arts Council England Grants for the Arts. Contemporary Art and Contemporary Archaeology. Workshop series and artistic commissions (Co-Investigator with Claire Doherty, University of the West of England).
Public Art and Public Archaeology in the Context of Urban Renewal. (Great Western Research Studentship, 50% funded by Hammersons, PLC & Land Securities) (Co-Investigator with Claire Doherty, University of the West of England)
Historical Archaeology and the British Atlantic World, AD 1600-1800. AHRC.
HEFCE Fund for the Developing of Teaching and Learning Phase 5 (FDTL 5). Archive Archaeology: piloting approaches to the use of Museum Collections and Historic Environment Records in the teaching and learning of archaeology. (Co-Invetigator with Professor Clive Orton (UCL), Dr Gustav Milne (UCL) & Dr Robin Skeates (University of Durham))