My archaeological research began in the 1990s when I was a student at the University of Reading, and many projects and collaborations from that time continue today. This was when I first explored Neolithic quarries and stone circles in the Lake District, the fieldwork that first encouraged me to express sensory experience through mediums such as photo-collage and painting. I also excavated at the Clava Cairns in Scotland, a project that also influenced many of my future approaches. At that time, during a visit to a megalithic monument near Aberdeen, I first heard the acoustic effects which initiated a long-term investigation into the role of sound at archaeological sites.
My doctoral thesis focused upon the relationships between stone circles, henges and landscape, and I was very fortunate to be supervised by Richard Bradley. The results of this fieldwork introduced me to new ways of thinking about the ways in which I engage with the world, including the connections between monumental architecture, landscape and perception.
Influenced by ongoing work in the archaeology of the senses, I also began to consider the relationship between archaeological fieldwork and interpretation. This led to a series of reflexive approaches to the gathering and communication of ideas, including experimental publications, audiovisual works and the integration of creative methodologies within traditional practice. In 2002 I founded Monumental, a research organisation and consultancy which offers innovative approaches to visualisation, film, and design across academia and the heritage industry. A variety of projects followed, ranging from community archaeology in Cumbria to art installations in Argyll.
Since 2012 I began working on a new project that is exploring the optical properties of Neolithic chambered monuments, for which fieldwork is ongoing. I am also continuing to explore the Lake District, including investigations into recently discovered monuments that have some very intriguing relationships with natural places. Early in 2016, I was delighted to be conferred as an Honorary Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Durham.
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