Royal Holloway History Department Research Seminar Series
Date: 10 November 2009
Nick Holder (Royal Holloway) – History and Archaeology: Finding some Common Ground
The disciplines of history and archaeology have much in common, not least a common origin as they both grew out of antiquarianism in the 19th century. For much of the 20th century, however, history and archaeology moved apart, particularly as different theoretical approaches led them in different directions. In order to explore the possibilities of common ground, historians and archaeologists need to understand each other’s ‘protocols of evidence’. Nick Holder will look at the types of evidence and data created by archaeologists and consider ways that historians can make use of that body of evidence, as well as at some case studies of fruitful co-operation between archaeologists and historians.