Blog of Historical Archaeologist Dr Kirsten Jarrett CAIfA, exploring the 16th – early 19th century England, especially in the Midlands region (but also examining material from other locations, including Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Somerset and London).
The blog* provides a forum for work-in-progress, thoughts linking historical topics to current affairs, & information on publications (for research, see my Academia web page, & for teaching & public events, see my website, Sensational Pasts).
The blog’s name (which I’ll no doubt change to represent my changing research foci & / or settle on something that best suits my work) now reflects both my archaeological background – touch being a significant aspect of disciplinary investigations – and my interest in sensorial experiences in the past (as indicated by the named adopted for my teaching website, Sensational Pasts).
I have published & conducts historical, archaeological & material culture research on a variety of topics (specialising in identity; memory; emotional & sensory experience), including death and burial; gender, sex and marriage; magic, ritual and belief; poverty and charity; crime and punishment; consumerism; nationalism & colonialism; race & slavery. This has involved examining evidence from various time periods, though I now primarily investigate the (pre-Victorian) post-medieval period (late 1500s – early 1800s).
I also direct the ‘Living in the Past‘ Community Archaeology Project (LIPCAP: investigating housing & domestic life & in & around Derby, UK); Malefic Midlands (examining belief in the supernatural, superstitions & folk magic); & co-direct the public archaeology project ‘Past Sense‘ (PSP: investigating the violence in and around the home in post-medieval England, particularly Midlands).**
* I intend to transfer the ‘Notes of an Antiquary’ URL to another if & when I settle on a suitable blog title (& / or merge this blog & the website). The ‘Antiquary’ research & (‘third person’) teaching presentation are also now represented by ‘Antiquarian Academy‘.
** While I redevelop & reorganise teaching services I’m catching up with & conducting new project research & fieldwork in the background, which I’ll write about here when possible.