I’m very pleased and proud to announce the 5th and final publication of the University of Chester Archaeology Student conferences which I’ve co-edited with Peter Reavill and Sammy Clague.

For details and the rationale of this publication series and the conferences from whence they derived, check this post here.

For previous posts on the progress of the conference and book:

Now it is out, published by Archaeopress, you can buy it as a paperback or download it for FREE from the publisher’s website. BUY OR READ IT HERE!

Here’s the blurb about the book!

The Public Archaeology of Treasure comprises the select proceedings of the 5th University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference which took place on 31 January 2020 in the lecture theatre of the Grosvenor Museum, Chester and was complemented by an online Twitter conference on the following morning, 1 February 2020. Reflecting on the shifting and conflicting meanings, values and significances for treasure in archaeology’s public engagements, interactions and manifestations, the volume emphasises how education and research cannot avoid the persistent and evocative associations of ‘treasure’ in socio-political discourse and popular culture. This first-ever exploration of ‘the public archaeology of treasure’ thus offers a host of timely themes and perspectives on the public engagement with, and popular receptions of, archaeological artefacts and assemblages written by students, researchers, educators and heritage practitioners.

As with previous books, I’m grateful to all the students and staff who supported this venture, and to the peer-reviews and contributors. This book is the first of its kind, and we hope it is widely read and used by students, scholars and those interested in how ideas and practices surrounding ‘treasure’ and ‘treasure hunting’ perpetuate as blessings and curses for archaeology in the contemporary world, and for the subdiscipline of public archaeology in particular.

In the meantime, I talked to Andy and Marc on Watching Brief about the new book:

Finally, wrapping up the entire process, I was delighted to facilitate a public book launch on Wednesday 19 October 2022 in the 2022-2023 History and Archaeology Research Seminar Series. Peter, Sammy and I reflected on the book. The introductions were followed by a pair of distinctive and fascinating presentations addressing aspects of the theme not tackled directly in the book. This involved special guest speakers Drs Rosie Everett (Northumbria University) and Ben Gearey (University College Cork) presenting a ‘Brown Gold’ and the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s Andy Agate addressing ‘TV or not TV? The Question of Digging for Treasure: Tonight’. Considering wetland archaeology and ‘treasure’ on TV took the book’s theme into new directions and put the collection in context. Here’s the video:

Thanks to all those involved!