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The Prospectors

Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope (Years 00,01,02)
Nina & Karen are artists and film-makers who have collaborated since the mid-nineties on diverse projects, founding Somewhere in 2002. Their work has investigated personal and collective histories through their documentary films and many public art projects. They initiated Prospection during their 2013/14 artists' residency with the Dept. of Archaeology of the University of Cambridge, during which they worked with Cambridge Archaeological Unit on the excavations preceding the North West Cambridge Development.

Sasha Roseneil (Years 00,01,02)
Sasha is a sociologist and a group analyst. She is Executive Dean (Social Sciences) and Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research interests include the study of gender and sexuality, intimacy and personal life, social movements and citizenship. She has recently published "Social Research after the Cultural Turn" (Palgrave, 2011, ed. with S. Frosh), "Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women's movements, gender and diversity" (Palgrave, 2012, ed. with B. Halsaa and S. Sumer), "Beyond Citizenship: feminism and the transformation of belonging" (Palgrave, 2013) and "Reproducing Citizens: family, state and civil society (Routledge, 2015 ed. with Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova).

James Dixon (Years 00,01,02,03)
James is an Historic Environment Consultant at Amec Foster Wheeler and was formerly a Senior Archaeologist at the Museum of London. His research interests are in contemporary urban spaces, public art and historic buildings. His doctoral research focused on investigating public artists' practice and how art works made in response to particular times and places exist in the changing landscape. Recently he has chaired seminars on human creativity and the place of tradition in contemporary art, and was invited by Tate to represent 'Archaeology' in a 24 hour seminar on the conservation of Barbara Hepworth's sculpture studio in St Ives, Cornwall.

Calum Bowden (Years 01,02)
Calum is a designer, film-maker, and researcher, with a background in anthropology and material culture. Recently completing the MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, his projects unpack absurd and surreal relationships between people and technology. Calum works collaboratively to examine political implications of collective memories.

Katrina Foxton (Year 02)
Katrina is a PhD student at the University of York, Dept. of Archaeology. Her thesis documents the history of a small medieval tower in York including the moves by volunteers to adapt it into a multi-use community venue. She has a background in Literature (BA, Exeter), and Cultural Heritage Management (MA,York), in which she focused on historic postcards. In 2012 she was awarded the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Volunteer of the Year Award for the Oral History Project "Beyond the Castle Walls". Her research interests focus on conflicting/converging values of urban places, perimeters of locality, historic city walls, the politics of civic action, and multi-media research methods. She is keen to know more about green urbanism and social equity.

Emma Dwyer (Year 02)
Emma is Enterprise Fellow and Business Development Executive for Heritage at the University of Leicester, where she studied for her PhD in Archaeology, examining changing experiences of social housing built before the Second World War. Emma previously worked in commercial archaeology at Museum of London Archaeology and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, and is Secretary of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. Her research interests include interactions of the new in the urban historic built environment, and methods of research collaboration between academics and historic environment sector organisations.

Marcus Brittain (Year 02,03)
Marcus oversees large projects and post-excavation programmes at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit in the University of Cambridge, specialising in British later prehistory. He is currently leading on a community field project excavating Manea Fen, the site of a nineteenth-century utopian experiment established in 1838. He has an ongoing interest into archives of the history of archaeology, particularly with a view to the impact of the First World War on the social value of archaeology to British society in the ‘20s and ‘30s.

Yoshida Yasuyuki (Years 02)
Yoshida is an archaeologist working on a number of research projects that investigate Japanese prehistoric Jomon culture, Southeast Asian prehistory, and archaeology and contemporary society. He is based at the Centre for Cultural Resource Studies, Kanazawa University, and the Kanazawa University Graduate School as project associate professor coordinating the Graduate Programme in Cultural Resource Management, Human and Socio-Environmental Studies. This year he is in the UK as the Handa Archaeology Fellow, at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures promoting current research on the characteristic ‘richness’ of Jomon culture and Japanese archaeology.

Craig Cessford (Years 00,01)
Craig is Senior Project Officer for Cambridge Archaeological Unit. He has worked in both development-led and academic archaeology since 1990. Since 2003 he has directed and published a number of major excavations for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit including the main phase of excavation at North West Cambridge in 2012-13. His principal research interest is in British urban archaeology of the medieval period and later. Over time his research has shifted ever later in time, and now regularly includes study of the 18th-20th centuries.

Hilary Orange (Years 00,01)
Hilary is an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow based at the Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany where she is conducting a project that is examining the use of light and lighting technologies at industrial heritage sites in the Ruhrgebiet. This project follows on from research (2012-14) into night-time factory tourism in Japan. She previously worked as a Project Manager at UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology, leading on grant writing, community consultation and community archaeology. Hilary's research interests focus on post-industrial archaeology, industrial heritage, and the archaeology of the contemporary past. She is particularly interested in the relationship between communities and sites of former industry.

Sefryn Penrose (Years 00)
Sefryn is an archaeologist of the recent past and Senior Heritage Consultant for Atkins Heritage. She is currently working on the end of heavy industrial manufacturing in Britain and the transition to the service economy, and on how archaeological methodologies can explore this landscape. She is the author of 'Images of Change: An Archaeology of England's Contemporary Landscape' published by English Heritage. She is a committee member of the CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) group.

Lana Z Porter (Year 00)
Lana is an American designer, writer, and researcher who completed a Masters in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Previously she studied cultural anthropology at University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on the social and spatial implications of digital technology, and has worked for clients such as Conservation International and NASA to help translate scientific data into accessible stories for web. Her current work blends science, philosophy, and narrative to explore themes of memory, imagination, uncertainty, and the Internet.

The Prospectors Year 00 2014 (prototype survey)
Photo: Maeve Polkinhorn

The Prospectors - Year 01 2015
Photo: Sam Linley

The Prospectors - Year 02 2016
Photo: Sam Linley