Sue Hamilton

Sue Hamilton
University College London | UCL · Institute of Archaeology

BA (hons), PhD

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This article results from a series of visits by the authors to the 44 hillforts of south-east England. Our aim was to re-contextualize these hillforts in their landscapes. Analysis of the pottery assemblages and radiometric dates allows a three-phase chronological division of these hillforts. Assessment of the topographic positions and excavated ev...
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This volume presents a wide diversity of theoretical approaches and methods of study of women in the ancient world, representing a cross section of work being carried out today under the broad banner of gender archaeology.
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This chapter concerns the long tradition of landscape archaeology and the contribution of major theoretical frameworks — processual, evolutionary and interpretative — to the elucidation of the past use and understanding(s) of landscapes, particularly as social space. Many would consider that landscape is the research area in which interpretative ar...
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Neolithic Spaces provides a large-scale synthetic survey of the Neolithic sites (villaggi trincerati – ditched villages) of the Tavoliere plain, southeast Italy, one of the most important world regions for the scale of early Neolithic settlement. The volumes cover original research at regional, inter-site and intra-site scales. They explore the soc...
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Rapa Nui’s prehistoric Polynesian heritage is iconic. From the later twentieth century the island’s economy has been dependent on the tourism its prehistory attracts. However, until recently there has been little link between the modern built environment of Rapa Nui and its prehistoric past. This article tracks how during the late nineteenth and tw...
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UCL Institute of Archaeology Directors report for 2020–21.
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This report details and interprets the form and context of 170-odd Rapa Nui taheta (carved stone basins) surveyed by the UCL Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project in three defined survey areas and in a number of isolated locations across the island. Adduced is the fact that taheta of different forms (classes) have a related non-functional rol...
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This preliminary report (prepared in 1995) describes and contextualises an important, closed, Late Bronze Age pottery assemblage recovered from the Shinewater Park Late Bronze Age wetland platform in 1995. This report, presented here with a collection of Mike Seager Thomas's drawings and photographs of sherds from the site, highlights the potential...
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UCL Institute of Archaeology Directors report for 2019–20
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This chapter describes the archaeological investigation of features exposed during gravel quarrying at two Puglian Neolithic enclosures (villaggi trincerati), previously known only from aerial photographs—Cava Petrilli, near Lucera, and Canale Gavitella, near Stornara. These exposed features were identified and recorded during the the UCL Institute...
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UCL Institute of Archaeology Directors report for 2018–19
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This report (LOC15) summarizes the UCL Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project’s work on the Poike peninsula, Rapa Nui, in 2019, conducted by it in association with the indigenous community organization, Ma’u Henua and the Consejo Monumentos Nacionales Secretaría Técnica de Patrimonio Rapa Nui. Discussed are the impact of the peninsula’s enviro...
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UCL Institute of Archaeology Directors report for 2017–18.
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In the following we focus on, and briefly summarize, the work of the UCL Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project (LOC) over the past two years, monitoring various aspects of erosion and weathering on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and its impact on the Rapa Nui heritage landscape. This work builds on and expands data collected during previous British...
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Italian abstract pending The paper aims to reconstruct the sensory and social experiences of the Neolithic inhabitants of the ditched settlements of the Tavoliere plain of northern Puglia, using methods developed within the framework of phenomenology and sensory archaeology. In contrast to much phenomenological work in archaeology, our experiments...
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UCL Institute of Archaeology Directors report for 2016–17
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En enero de 2016, en respuesta a la solicitud de STP/CMN Rapa Nui y en coordinación con CONAF Rapa Nui, la investigadora rapanui Sonia Haoa Cardinali, nuestro colega chileno Francisco Torres Hochstetter, de MAPSE, y el UCL Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project llevaron a cabo una prospección intensiva de los rasgos arqueológicos y los indicio...
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UCL Institute of Archaeology Directors report for 2015–16
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El Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project (LOC) ejecutó en enero/febrero de 2016 dos prospecciones superficiales intensivas (c. 500x500 m) en el extremo oriental de la península de Poike. Estas prospecciones fueron precedidas por una prospección fotográfica aérea y una prospección geofísica en la vecindad de Ahu Hati te Kohe y Viri Viri o Tumu...
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In January/ February 2016, the UCL Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project (LOC) carried out two in depth c. 500x500m walkover surveys on the east end of the Poike peninsular, Rapa Nui (Easter Island). These followed quad-copter aerial photographic and geophysical surveys in the vicinity of Ahu Hati te Kohe and Viri Viri o Tumu, and quad-copter...
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In this paper we examine the Rapa Nui/ Easter Island hare paenga or boat-shaped house in terms of the qualities associated with 'being inside and outside’ the house. Specifically, we are interested in the experience of passage between the outside world of daylight and an internalized domain that is constantly cloaked in darkness. We then extend thi...
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This chapter is concerned with the relationship of the Neolithic cult site of Grotta Scaloria to the Neolithic villaggi trincerati (ditched villages) of the Tavoliere Plain, the nearest known example of which is roughly 9 km away. Radiocarbon dates demonstrate that the use of the upper cave of Grotta Scaloria for burial (and perhaps other) purposes...
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This article considers the case of Rapa Nui’s ahu, the prehistoric ceremonial platforms on which statues were set up, in uniting the community as a whole into a resilient ideology that was not simply dependant on a specific resource. Ahu were places where the worlds of the living and the dead were replicated, maintained, overseen and transformed. T...
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UCL Institute of Archaeology Directors report for 2014–15
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This report details the results and interim conclusions of work conducted on the Ara Moai northwest between Rano Raraku and a point approximately equidistant between it and Maunga Anamarana, and their associated archaeology, on the Ara Moai south between Rano Raraku and Ahu Hoa Anga Vaka A Tua Poi, at Puna Pau and at Rano Raraku by the Rapa Nui Lan...
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Esta prospección se centró en una concentración de 30 petroglifos “de ojo” en la cantera de Rano Raraku, Rapa Nui/Isla de Pascua. Aunque ya se conocían estos ojos no han sido analizados en detalle ni publicados con anterioridad a esta prospección. La prospección tuvo en cuenta tanto la morfología de los petroglifos como su contexto en la cantera, a...
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Las Ara Moai incluyen una red de caminos alineados con moai en posición yacente, que parten de la famosa cantera de Rano Raraku. La prospección, repartida en dos campañas de trabajo de campo, exploró el contexto arqueológico del Ara sudoeste, que transcurre entre Ahu Hanga Tetenga y Ahu Hoa Anga Vaka A Tua Poi, e incluye tanto los moai como el rest...
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The Ara Moai comprise a network of tracks lined with recumbent moai leading from or to Rapa Nui's famous statue quarry at Rano Raraku. The present survey, the second of two, explored the local archaeological context of the southwestern Ara, including both the moai and the other archaeology associated with it. Observations are made on feature morpho...
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This survey focused on a concentration of 30 eye petroglyphs located within the Rano Raraku statue quarry on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Although known about these eyes have not previously been reported on. The survey, which was invited by and conducted with the full cooperation of CONAF, the Chilean National Parks authoriity, considered both the eye...
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This article explores the spatial, architectural and conceptual relationships between landscape places, stone quarrying, and stone moving and building during Rapa Nui’s statue-building period. These are central themes of the ‘Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project’ and are discussed using aspects of the findings of our recent fieldwork. The di...
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The Pitt-Rivers Museum holds c. 667 artefacts from Rapa Nui and c. 93 from Pitcairn Island, most of them collected by the Katherine and Scoresby Routledge expedition of 1914/15. Together they provide a key resource for the study of the prehistoric material culture of the two Islands.
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The Ara Moai comprise a network of tracks lined with recumbent moai leading from or to Rapa Nui's famous statue quarry at Rano Raraku. The present survey, the first of two, was carried out along a stretch of the Ara Moai between Rano Raraku and Ahu Hanga Tetenga. It explored the local archaeological context of the Ara, including both the moai and t...
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Las Ara Moai incluyen una red de caminos alineados con moai en posición yacente, que parten de la famosa cantera de Rano Raraku. La prospección, repartida en dos campañas de trabajo de campo, exploró el contexto arqueológico del Ara sudoeste, que transcurre entre Rano Raraku y Ahu Hanga Tetenga, e incluye tanto los moai como el resto de rasgos arqu...
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This reports describes excavations conducted by the Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project in 2013 within the crater of Maunga Puna Pau, the quarry on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) from which red scoria topknots or pukao were extracted. The excavations further explored a stable landsurface between layers of in situ and colluvial quarry tailings, de...
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This reports describes excavations conducted by the Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project in 2012 within the crater of Maunga Puna Pau, the quarry on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) from which red scoria topknots or pukao were extracted. The excavations revealed a stable landsurface between layers of insitu and colluvial quarry tailings, a pair of p...
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This book summarizes the work conducted by the Rapa Nui Lansacapes of Construction Project between 2008 and 2010. It details it preliminary work on the archeological landscapes of ahu, excavations on the exterior slopes of Puna Pau, the topknot quarry, and geophysical surveys conducted to the rear of recumbent/ 'transport' moai along the the southe...
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By considering the stones of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) on a landscape scale, their sources, properties and elemental use in architecture during the statue production period and beyond – from modest ovens to immense statues, a case is made that stone and stones were an essential connective substance of Rapa Nui society. It is posited that stone conne...
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One of the most striking characteristics of the coastal ahu of Rapa Nui is that they are situated with their backs to the sea and their moai facing landwards. Extant work has used generalized socio-economic perspectives to characterize the landward ahu territories that fall under the moai gaze. By contrast, this article reflects on the seaward orie...
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Rapa Nui or Easter Island is home to some of the most recognisable archaeological monuments in the world, the iconic monolithic moai statues. The island is situated in the Eastern Pacific, approximately 3 000 km west of the coast of Chile and 2 500 km from Tahiti. The isolated location of the island is due in part to its formation by a series of vo...
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For the most part the ceremonial platforms (ahu) of Rapa Nui/Easter Island, have been studied in terms of their constructional elements, their chronology, and the spatial density and distribution of specific architectural types. This stage of the Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction project by contrast focus on the role of ‘place’ in social practice...
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It is traditional for honorary volumes to offer a summary of the career and the academic works of the person celebrated on the occasion of their retirement. This article is self-evidently placed in the current issue of the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology with that function, but it concerns a person who, although retiring as Professor in Medite...
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In this paper we view the different practices of archaeology, anthropology, environmental reconstruction and geomorphology through the lens of fieldwork on the clitter fields and Bronze Age settlement patterns on Leskernick Hill, Bodmin Moor, southwest Britain. The moor forms one of the best preserved fossil prehistoric landscapes of Europe and has...
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Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is the most remote inhabited spot in the world. It is famous for its gigantic stone statues, which have been the focus of much archaeological study. The new Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project, described in this article, adopts a more holistic approach, aiming to place the statues and associated monumental structure...
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Book description: Archaeology and Women draws together from a variety of angles work currently being done within a contemporary framework on women in archaeology. One section of this collection of original articles addresses the historical and contemporary roles of women in the discipline. Another attempts to link contemporary archaeological theory...
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This book represents an innovative experiment in presenting the results of a large-scale, multidisciplinary archaeological project. The authors and their team examined the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscapes on Bodmin Moor, southwest England, especially the site of Leskernick. The result is a multivocal, multidisciplinary telling of the stories of...
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The article deals with the practice of phenomenological archaeological fieldwork, which is concerned with sensory experience of landscapes and locales. Phenomenological approaches in archaeology have cast light on aspects of past human experience not addressed by traditional archaeological methods. So far, however, they have neither developed expli...
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Archaeological fieldwork and its results are constrained by a pre-existing range of techniques. Current debate on the nature of fieldwork has prompted a realisation that it needs to be approached in radically different ways. This paper introduces our work on the Neolithic settlements of the Tavoliere Plain southeast Italy that combines traditional...
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A contextualisation of Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery from Iwade in North Kent
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This chapter explores the early first millennium BC (LBA–EIA) pottery assemblage from Ford Airfield in the context of wider early first millennium BC pottery traditions locally and beyond.
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This paper focuses on the later Bronze and Early and Middle Iron Ages of Sussex. It considers the implications of recent finds, and addresses these and the pre-existing databases in the context of the significant re-orientations in our theorising of later prehistoric Britain over the past two decades. The paper presents the Sussex data as significa...
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This short book tells the story of the Caburn, an ancient hillfort on the Sussex Downs overlooking the Ouse Valley. The Caburn is part of Mount Caburn National Nature Reserve, in the Lewes Downs Special Area of Conservation—an internationally important oasis for wildlife, with a very long history of human settlement. The story is told as a series o...
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Canterbury Road yielded late post Deverel-Rimbury (Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age), Marnian (Early Iron Age), pre-Belgic Iron Age (Middle Iron Age) and Belgic (Late Iron Age) pottery. The present work on the Canterbury Road assemblage compliments their study by considering the assemblage's relationship to the broadly coeval assemblage from nearby H...
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Pottery has become one of the major categories of artefact that is used in reconstructing the lives and habits of prehistoric people. In these 14 papers, members of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group discuss the many ways in which pottery is used to study chronology, behavioural changes, inter-relationships between people and between people an...
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The analysis and and contextualisation of the Bronze Age pottery assemblage from Mile Oak, Southwick, West Sussex, UK.
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A description, analysis and contextualisation of a Bronze Age pottery assemblage from Downsview, Coldean Lane, Brighton
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Hawkinge Aerodrome yielded large a assemblage of transitional Late Bronze Age/ Early Iron Age and Early Iron Age pottery, the first of two to be excavated in the immediate area. The transitional group belongs to the late post Deverel-Rimbury tradition, while the Early Iron Age group has affinities with contemporary material from Highstead, with whi...
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The Great Storm of October 1987 caused major destruction to the trees at Chanctonbury Ring, an important prehistoric and Romano-British archaeological site. Subsequent proposals to replant the destroyed trees led to a series of trial excavations within the Ring in order both to assess the archaeological remains to be affected by the proposed replan...
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The present study considers a larger body of early 1st millennium BC pottery from Chanctonbury Ring than previously published. It focuses on the unpublished pottery from the 1988/1991 site investigations, but also makes reference to the published pottery from the 1977 excavations (Hamilton 1980). A more precise dating of this collective assemblage...