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Michael Shanks is the Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology. His teaching and research focuses on Mediterranean archaeology, the theory and philosophy of design, and heritage and the place of the past in the present. His books include Classical Archaeology: Experiences of the Discipline; Art and the Early Greek City State; Theatre/Archaeology (with Mike Pearson); Experiencing the Past: On the Character of Archaeology; Re-Constructing Archaeology; and Social Theory and Archaeology (the last two coauthored with Chris Tilley).
Research interests: design history and research; archaeological theory; heritage studies and archaeologies of the contemporary past; the archaeology of Grece-Roman urbanism; the regional archaeology of the English-Scottish borders.Recent books:Archaeology in the making: conversations through a discipline. Edited with Bill Rathje and Chris Witmore. Routledge 2013.Archaeology: the discipline of things. With Bjørnar Olsen, Tim Webmoor and Chris Witmore. University of California Press, 2012.The archaeological imagination. Left Coast Press, 2012.Archaeologies of presence: art, performance and the persistence of being. Edited with Nick Kaye and Gabriella Giannachi. Routledge, 2012.Current projects:An archaeology of antiquity. With Gary Devore. For Oxford University Press.The Revs Program at Stanford. Automotive archaeology.From Tyne to Tweed. An archaeology of the English-Scottish borders, including excavations of the Roman town of Binchester.http://mshanks.com