It’s customary at this time of year, to reflect on the year past. So here are some of my highlights of 2013 :
One event stands above all others – my trip to western Norway back in May under the auspices of the ‘Meetings Make History’ project. Meeting some fantastic people, seeing some fantastic landscapes, and the day spent looking at rock art on Vingen. All of this shimmers like a bright jewel in my mind in these dull grey days of December – thanks again to Ingrid, Jan Magne and Trond for making this happen.
Another great experience that stands out is visiting the amazing Musee de Quai Branly in Paris, back in August.
Amazing collections of ethnographic artefacts,
superb Australian Aborigine art,
a fantastic architectural treat
(and great cafe)
all nestling on the banks of the Seine right near the Eiffel Tower.
Over the past few months I’ve been working alongside colleagues Ian Dawson from Winchester School of Art and Louisa Minkin at Central St. Martins School of Art looking at prehistoric sculptures. An especially fruitful and invigorating experience involved making decorated Neolithic artefacts with a group of fine art students at Winchester in early November.
An excellent event I attended just a few weeks ago stands out: the retirement party for Prof. Richard Bradley in the University of Reading.
(Image made for Richard by Dr H)
Richard has been a formative influence on me as a prehistorian, and it was great to see him honoured by his University, his colleagues and former students. Retirement? Not sure he will actually retire, he has too much energy.
Exhibition of the year: this has to be the Ice Age art exhibition at the British Museum back in February. The chance to meet so many iconic Palaeolithic artefacts. This exhibition still resonates in my mind…
A personal/professional highlight has been seeing one of my doctoral students, Emilie Sibbesson get employment in an academic job at the University of Canterbury, Kent.
There have been the usual low points (University admin, chasing research funding, etc). but all in all its been a pretty good year.
Who knows what 2014 holds for Prehistories?