The Human Seasons: Archaeology Of A Year is a new digital project bought to you by the Public Archaeology 2015 team.
The Human Seasons by John Keats
Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;
There are four seasons in the mind of man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
Spring’s honied cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness—to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
Or else he would forego his mortal nature.
This project aims to record, collect and show the experience of seasonality in archaeology – the changes and rhythms of a full year. This is not supposed to represent simply ‘a day in the life of an archaeologist’, but an approach to the effects of such things as weather patterns, temperatures, ill health, life’s travails, work, play, politics, and other rhythms of life, as well as temporality, on the process of archaeology, as experienced through its participants or evidenced in archaeological data.
We hope that all of the participants will work in some way in or alongside the archaeological sector or related disciplines, or use the past as a medium for creative expression. The project outputs will be made through the medium of photography, poetry, short-form writing and sound, with the aim of producing a final visual/sound installation at the end of the project.
The project hopes to capture the duration of 365 days as seen in different versions of the archaeological record. In addition, it will act as a record of the life and times of the archaeologist through the ‘Human Seasons’, the lived experience of archaeology in spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Lastly, the project will explore communication. As the year goes on, the team will grow and the data and experiences depicted will vary more widely. We are interested in seeing whether responses become more disparate or similar as the year goes on.
To take part, please contact us via @pa2015 on Twitter or by emailing the team: Lorna Richardson or James Dixon. There is room for everyone, whether you want to contribute once or twenty times.