Prof Stevens, who teaches our Archaeology and Ethics class, writes:
“On Saturday 19th November, the Archaeology and Ethics class went to Oxford to visit the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums. The Archaeology and Ethics course explores the ethical, legal, and practical dimensions of modern archaeology. Our focus for this trip was to ethically consider the design of the museum galleries, consider what kind of archaeological knowledge they were presenting and ethically evaluate the implications of these kinds of representations of the past.
The Ashmolean Museum has recently reopened following a major £61 million redevelopment. The museum has adopted an innovative approach to displaying the collections that has transformed the way visitors experience the Ashmolean’s rare and beautiful objects. Themed galleries explore the connections between objects and activities common to different cultures, such as money, reading and writing, and the representation of the human image.
The Pitt Rivers Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world. It has a unique design with regard to the display of artefacts and is a truly memorable museum to visit – unlike anything you have seen before!
The Archaeology and Ethics class includes fieldtrips, including Stonehenge, Bath, The British Museum etc. Through this route, we are able, as a group, to contextualise the thoughts, themes and ideas we cover and discuss throughout the duration of the course.”
Her students add:
“Visits to museums such as the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums have been incredible opportunities where I have been able to put my new understanding of how to academically engage with archaeology to the test.”
Zoë Evans, Pre-Medicinal Studies & Economics Major
“One of the best things about studying in London is that learning isn’t confined to the classrooms in The London Center. In my Archaeology & Ethics class, we frequently take our lectures to museums and archaeological sites around England. Recently, we travelled to Oxford to visit a truly remarkable place: the Pitt Rivers Museum. This gem is filled with unique artifacts hidden within the displays. It was so much fun to partake in this intellectual treasure hunt!”
Gabrielle Muzzarelli, Film, Television and Theatre, Pre-Professional Studies