Prof Dan Hicks

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Research summary

Dan Hicks FSA, MCIfA is Curator of Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St Cross College

Dan works on the material and visual culture of the modern, (post)colonial and contemporary world, and on the history of Archaeology and Anthropology. Current projects are focused on the history and politics of European museum collections (including the restitution of cultural property), and the material culture of the "refugee crisis" (including a major temporary exhibition about the Calais "Jungle" in 2019). Dan is also maintains an ongoing research interest in General Pitt-Rivers and the history of Archaeology and Anthropology. Beyond Oxford, Dan is a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Museum of London Archaeology. Dan has published five books, with two further books being published during 2019. He was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute's Rivers Memorial Medal for 2017.
Dan regularly appears on Radio and TV (including the BBC's In Our Time, Today Programme, and Making History). 
To find out more about Dan's research, visit his profile at the School of Archaeology.
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Publications

Books

World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2013 (edited with Alice Stevenson).

The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press,  2010 (edited with Mary C. Beaudry).

Envisioning Landscape Situations and Standpoints in Archaeology and Heritage. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press (One World Archaeology 52) (edited with G. Fairclough and L. McAtackney, 2007)

"The Garden of the World": a historical archaeology of eastern Caribbean sugar plantations, AD 1600-2001. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports (Studies in Historical and Contemporary Archaeology) (2007)

The Cambridge Companion to Historical Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (edited with Mary C. Beaudry, 2006)

Selected papers and book chapters

2016. The Temporality of the Landscape Revisited. Norwegian Archaeological Review 49(1).

2016. Meshwork Fatigue (reply to comments from Tim Ingold, Matt Edgeworth and Laurent Olivier). Norwegian Archaeological Review 49(1).

2016. The Return of Ethnographic Theory: HAU and When. Anthropology Today 32(3): 22.

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. 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

2016. Review of Shannon Dawdy Patina: a profane archaeology. Sculpture Journal 25(3): 448-449. 

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

2018. The Universal Museum is a 21st-Century Myth. Art Newspaper

2017. The A303 is Part of the Stonehenge setting: don't bury it. The Independent. 

2017. Why are England's heritage bodies supporting the Stonehenge Bypass? Apollo Magazine. 

2016. Here’s why you should care about the scrapping of A-level anthropology. The Conversation

2016. Pitt Rivers 2065. Museums ID 19: 31-37. 

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)

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