Miller Power (He/They)
Hi I’m Miller and I am advising on access for unarchaeology, and will also be speaking on one of the panels. Breaking down and reshaping the structures of archaeology could greatly improve the access of both disabled people and others who are often pushed out of the discipline and its tellings of the past. My research currently surrounds non-binary genders in the Roman world and the reception of this today. I recently published on this in the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal and hope to develop this research more for a PhD. I am particularly interested in public archaeology and the structures of heritage in Britain.
Naomi Hann (She/Her)
I graduated with a 2:1 in History and Archaeology (MA) and am now studying Architectural History and Theory (Msc) at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout my studies, I have worked as a historical storyteller at a walking tour company based in Edinburgh and I have five years museum experience including cataloguing, display installation and education. Covid-19 inspired an authorised interruption of study to undertake a graduate scheme at Oxford Archaeology where I then worked as a field archaeologist before returning to Scotland to continue my postgraduate studies. My research interests include Buildings Archaeology, Social History and Urban Development
Tristan Boyle (He/Him)
My name is Tristan and I had the original idea behind the Unarchaeology conference. I really wanted to use digital technology to improve what online experiences could be in archaeology. I put out a call and gained a great team of organisers to figure out exactly how this idea would look. I am best known for co-founding the Archaeology Podcast Network and my show, Modern Myth. I have written about archaeology podcasts for Advances in Archaeological Practice and a chapter in the Arts of Engagement
Claire Lacaden (She/Her)
Hi! I’m Claire and I’ve been the main person behind the social media and graphic design of the conference! I am very much a baby when it comes to Archaeology, having just started my BA Archaeology with a Placement Year at UCL. Being a person of colour I found myself entering into cultural heritage institutes and never seeing myself and my story be reflected back at me. When stepping into my degree, I realised how stark the lack of diversity is within Archaeology and in turn, how terrifying it is to speak out about a problem which you know the majority of your peers and mentors could never fully understand. It is incredibly important that young people from marginalised communities see themselves and their histories reflected in the institutes and those that run them, and by questioning the very concept of Archaeology we could move to a place where everyone can finally feel like they and their stories are part of the narrative.
Jeevan Panesar (He/Him)
Originally from a desert valley somewhere in California, I enjoy seeking the Academic amongst the Mundane, and in the past year I have found quite the goldmine to work with. Through my modest contributions to this Conference I hope that bringing fresh digital solutions to age-old Academic tradition is not an effort without merit. My attention is often found between the pages of a book or, increasingly slow, stuck behind the bright blue screens keeping all of us connected. My studies in Archaeology remind me that our relationship to these objects can be viewed as what makes us “human” however, in my personal experiences with Social Media, I am not certain if I am proud of that fact or not. Let’s find that out together and, also, Save the Bees!
I am an American anthropological archaeologist.
I completed my BSc in Anthropology (focus Archaeology) with Honors and recently completed an MA at UCL in Managing Archaeological Sites, earning a Distinction.
My BSc thesis was centered on examining perception and prejudice towards the Hijab in the American South. My experience doing this research was published in the anthology Mirror on the Veil.
My MA dissertation focused on the gatekeeping of information within archaeology and heritage and how that can negatively effect the management of heritage sites with limited resources. I have participated in excavation and survey in Oman, India, and the United States. My main areas of interest are Bronze Age ceramics in Arabia, Industrial Heritage Management, Historic Collections Management, and Community Archaeology.
Phoenix Archer (She/They)
My name is Phoenix. I am Caribbean and British. I grew up in Yorkshire. I have worked and studied in Scotland for years. I graduated in Celtic Studies and studied Art and Business postgraduate courses. I have a background in childhood teaching and youth work, community development, heritage and museums and I am a multidisciplinary artist. I work as Outreach Officer for a religious institution, and I am an Adult Learning Tutor for my local council. Vocationally, I am the Creative Director for a social enterprise called Progress in Dialogue which helps marginalised communities, I give people career advice and I founded Scottish Black and POC owned businesses groups. Also, I have a page where I share healthy representations of BIPOC folks in the arts, creative, heritage and media sectors. I was asked to join the Unarchaeology conference committee to expand BIPOC representation. I have archaeology related qualifications and experience and I love supporting all things heritage related and nature based activities.
Lauren MacGregor (She/Her)
Archaeologist turned heritage professional based in Scotland. I achieved my MA in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and my MScR in Classics (with Distinction) from The University of Edinburgh. My research interests mainly focus on Roman Art and Decoration, and the factors that influenced why people made decorative decisions. My MA dissertation focused on the depictions of slaves in Roman Art. While my MScR research focused on the decoration of Roman Villas, with particular focus on wall paintings and a villa site in Vacone, Italy where I have excavated seasonally since 2016. Although curtailed by COVID-19, I’m currently one of the Plaster Specialists on this project and hope to return in the future. Additionally, I have 6 years of heritage experience working for different organisations, museums, and charities in Scotland - focusing on education and engagement.
Natasha Billson (She/Her)
Hi there, I'm Natasha and I will be the Facilitator for Panel 1. I graduated from Bournemouth University in 2013 and have since been immersed the world of UK commercial field archaeology. When I am not in the trenches, you will find me online, exploring ways to engage with the public. I have a YouTube channel Behind The Trowel, where I have a weekly livestream show called Archaeologists in Quarantine. Here I host interactive interviews, lectures and webinars with Archaeologists across the world. I am also a presenter on Channel 4's The Great British Dig which is a community-based archaeology programme.
Alicia Karrick (She/Her)
Hi all! My name’s Alicia, and I’m an Anthropological Funerary Archaeologist. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with honors and am currently pursuing an MA in Funerary Archaeology at the University of York in England. My main area of focus is Etruscan Italy and I’ve recently taken an interest in small finds, specifically glass finds. My dissertation topic focuses on health, medicine and the votive religion in central Italy during the 4th to 2nd centuries BCE. I’ve excavated in both Italy and North Georgia, USA As education in the field is my passion, I’ve guest lectured in “the Anthropology of Death”, and have spent many weekends volunteering at museums on Archaeology days, as well as for the lovely Archeobus. I’m currently an Archivist for the South Georgia Archives, and love to travel in my free time. So excited to meet you all!
Nthabeleng Rants’o (She/Her)
Hi! I am Nthabeleng Rants’o, a postgraduate student in Archaeology at Durham University, UK. My desire to learn and grow in archaeology is linked to my interest to see the public appreciate and understand what I do. Before pursuing a postgraduate degree, it was difficult for me to know what I want from a broad archaeological discipline, therefore, I participated in different archaeological field work covering a range of subdisciplines to find where my passion is. I found passion in Palaeolithic/ Stone Age Archaeology and Geoarchaeology which is my research area at the moment. I am the woman behind the UnArchaeology Facebook page with my colleague Lauren!
Bianca Belmonte (She/Her)
Hi, my name is Bianca Belmonte. I graduated from San Diego State University in Anthropology with a Bachelor's. During my time there I did ethnography in Oaxaca, worked in the Maya lab with artifacts, journals and glass. I currently work as a cultural monitor for PanGIS and Rincon. I am continuing my studies with gaining certificate experience in GIS with my local community college. I'm an avid reader, beer enthusiast and enjoy Netflix.
Shanna Ingram (She/Her)
Hi there! My name is Shanna. I recently graduated with a BSc in Biology at McMaster University in Canada, and now I’m off to pursue an MA in Classical Studies and Archaeology at Queen’s University.
I will be a moderator during this conference!
My main passion is archaeobotany, the study of past human-plant interactions. I volunteer with a local archaeobotanist in Ontario who specializes in pre-contact, Euro-Canadian, and environmental sites all across Canada. I excavated in Italy on two projects during my undergrad. My first took place in Cerveteri at an Etruscan religious compound. The second was in Metaponto, at an Indigenous-Greek site called Incoronata ‘greca.’ These projects gave me the opportunity to try my hand at many different field methods.I’m still figuring out where I fit in the field of archaeology. I look for inspiration everywhere -- on excavations, in classes, in media, and during conferences (such as this one!). My go-to fun fact is usually that I’ve been on an archaeological dig, and now I’ve spent far too long thinking of another one to little avail! Here it is: one time I forgot to depressurize a plastic water sprayer pump on my dig. It blew up and flew 10 feet in the air. Lessons were learned that day.