From IndyRef and Brexit to the Refugee Crisis and Trump’s Wall, the construction and maintenance, subversion and traversing of frontiers and borderlands dominate our current affairs. Yet, while archaeologists have long participated in exploring frontiers and borderlands, their public archaeology has been starkly neglected. Incorporating the select proceedings of the 4th University of Chester Archaeology Student conference hosted by the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, on 20 March 2019, this is the first book to investigate real-world ancient and modern frontier works, the significance of graffiti, material culture, monuments and wall-building, as well as fictional representations of borders and walls in the arts, as public archaeology. Key themes include the heritage interpretation for linear monuments, public archaeology in past and contemporary frontiers and borderlands, and archaeology’s interactions with mural practices in politics, popular culture and the contemporary landscape. Together, the contributors show the necessity of developing critical public archaeologies of frontiers and borderlands.

I’m pleased to announce that my 4th co-edited book on public archaeology in the last 2 years is officially ‘in press’ and therefore out very soon with Archaeopress.


This publication follows hot on the heels of The Public Archaeology of Death (co-edited with Ben Wills-Eve and Jennifer Osborne: Equinox, 2019), Public Archaeology: Arts of Engagement (co-edited with Caroline Pudney and Afnan Ezzeldin: Archaeopress, 2019), and Digging into the Dark Ages: Early Medieval Public Archaeologies (co-edited with Pauline Clarke: Archaeopress, 2020). This latest book is titled The Public Archaeology of Frontiers and Borderlands. It stems from the 4th University of Chester Archaeology Student conference. Co-edited with Kieran Gleave and Pauline Clarke (both former undergraduate students of the Department and Uni), it contains student essays, interviews with experts, and peer-reviewed chapters. This far-ranging and exciting collection is a first of its kind in tackling ‘public archaeologies from the edge’. In other words, I’m very proud of the results of a distinctively themed book on public archaeology and very excited to see it out in the public domain for purchase as a physical book and for free electronic download from the Archaeopress website in their Access Archaeology series.

I reviewed the conference  – The Public Archaeology of Frontiers and Borderlands – in an earlier post available via this link. 

The video of the event is also available, as discussed in this blog-post.

This is just a teaser-trailer, I will post again when the book is available in coming months when I will review the content in some detail. Here are the front and back covers to give you a flavour and below that the contents pages. The front cover design was originally created for the conference poster by former University of Chester student Maiken Holst, who is published for the first time as one of the book’s contributors.