Dr. Colleen Morgan is the EUROTAST Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of York where she explores the intersections between digital media and difficult heritage. She received her PhD in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and her BA in Anthropology/Asian Studies in 2004 at the University of Texas. Since that time, she has worked both as a professional and academic archaeologist in Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, England, Greece, Texas, Hawaii and California, excavating sites 100 years old and 10,000 years old and anything in-between.
Colleen’s current research is based on building archaeological narratives with digital media, using photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.
She remains deeply interested in excavation methodology, high falutin’ theory, interstitial spaces, skeuomorphs and good bourbon.
Current academic publications: http://berkeley.academia.edu/ColleenMorgan
II. Middle Status of Savagery. It commenced with the acquisition of a fish subsistence and a knowledge of the use of fire, and ended with the invention of the bow and arrow. Mankind, while in this condition, spread from their original habitat over the greater portion of the earth’s surface.
The name of the blog is from Ancient Society written in 1877 by Lewis H. Morgan. He classified all societies in these arcane categories, and when I started this blog in 2004 I decided that I was somewhere between Lower and Upper Savagery. Since that time I’ve flirted with lower barbarism, but have always come up short.