Applied architecture and heritage management

On 16 June, the Archaeology Department launched the Centre for Applied Archaeology and Heritage Management (CAAHM), the public-facing forum for Departmental work.

The event was one of the highlights of the University’s Universities Week offering. The keynote address was presented by Professor Dai Morgan Evans, former English Heritage inspector, former General Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London and now forging a new career with Channel Four, where he was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed experimental archaeology programme Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Dai argued forcefully that as long as an item on the discovery of a new dinosaur species can still be announced in the media as ‘archaeology’, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels, despite the success of programmes such as Time Team. Archaeologists still need to fight to make themselves heard in the political arena too, he added, and be aware of the fact that politicians take notice of the level of popularity of archaeology in the media. At this well-attended event, the Archaeology Department also showcased its ongoing archaeological research and heritage management work worldwide through a series of research posters.

For more information on CAAHM, contact Dr Niall Finneran, the Centre convener.