Art & Archaeology

Video: Art/Archaeology – Exploring Disciplinary Edges

In Art/Archaeology: Exploring Disciplinary Edges, Dr Thomas sketched out the history of the relationship between art and archaeology, before presenting case studies of artists who explore archaeological themes, and archaeologists whose work crosses over into visual arts practice.

Art and archaeology was the topic of this month’s The Edge seminar, led by Dr Antonia Thomas.

Dr Antonia Thomas recording rock art at the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney.

In Art/Archaeology: Exploring Disciplinary Edges, Dr Thomas sketched out the history of the relationship between art and archaeology, before presenting case studies of artists who explore archaeological themes, and archaeologists whose work crosses over into visual arts practice.

In exploring the edges of their disciplines, she argued that these art/archaeology intersections open up possibilities for socially meaningful research and practice with wide-ranging significance.

Click here for references and links to follow up if you are interested in the topics talked about in the seminar.


Dr Thomas is an archaeologist and lecturer based at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, where she is programme leader for the MA Contemporary Art and Archaeology.

The Edge research theme is a collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands Humanities and Arts Research Cluster (HARC)  and Society, Identity, Knowledge and Landscape (SILK).


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