2016 March 03
The ground beneath our feet

Archaeological ways of seeing
Matthew Edgeworth

Archaeologists have a distinctive way of seeing landscapes and cityscapes. The ground is more than just surface appearance. It has both actual and ontological depth to it. There is an invisible underside that haunts our dreams, excites our scientific curiosity, and captures the darker side of the imagination. Above all - or rather below all – the ground is something to delve into and explore.
This course consists of an exploration of the ground wherever we happen to be: in this case Vienna. It revisits the work of renowned Viennese geologist Eduard Suess - the first scientist to note and systematically record the presence of anthropogenic strata. But the Schuttdecke or ‘rubble blanket’ he mapped in the 1860s has since grown massively in all directions, swallowing even rivers and streams. Suppose Suess were to return today. Looking through his eyes, what would he make of the enlarging and shape-shifting entity that is the Schuttdecke now?
Some of themes covered by this short course are consisting of seminars and field trips: archaeological perception, the work of Eduard Suess, urban stratigraphy, material flows, strata of the Anthropocene, anthropogenic ground in art and media.

Dr Matt Edgeworth is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, UK. He was recently Field Archaeologist in Residence at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He is also a member of the multidisciplinary Anthropocene Working Group.

Foto: The Wienfluss River being enclosed and covered by urban ground, 1898



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