Blog of Historical Archaeologist Dr Kirsten Jarrett, exploring everyday life and death in 17th – mid 20th century England, especially in the Midlands, UK, during the 19th century (but also examining material from other locations (including London, Oxfordshire, and Lincolnshire).
Particular interests include poverty and ‘welfare’ provision (especially almshouses and workhouses); ‘underclass’ stereotypes (particularly surrounding lone parents); crime and punishment (particularly domestic and sexual violence and abuse); social mobility; and respectability.
Death and burial are also central research topics, cross-cutting the above subjects (principally investigating c. 1750-1850, with an especial interest in ‘resurrectionist’ – i.e. ‘body snatching’ – activities; and sanitary reform).
Additional topics include 18th and 19th century interest in the ‘ancient’ landscapes and buildings, and notions of a pre-industrial ‘Golden Age’; and Joseph Wright and intellectual society in late 18th and early 19th century Derby.
This blog provides the forum for the author’s work-in-progress, thoughts linking historical topics to current affairs, and information on publications, teaching, and public events (for research, see: independent.academia.edu/KirstenJarrett).
(The site name has changed from ‘Underworld Archaeology’ to the current name, to reflect the wider research interests covered.)
I direct the ‘Living in the Past‘ Community Archaeology Project (LIPCAP: investigating Victorian and early 20th century industrial housing in the Midlands, UK); and co-direct the public archaeology project ‘Past Sense‘ (PSP: investigating the material histories of violence in the home in post-medieval England, particularly Midlands). My research profile (including information of publications) is available on Academia.edu, here.