Henge Diggers exhibition comes to Salisbury
22nd August 2012
Stonehenge: Henge Diggers, my photographic exhibition of archaeologists working around world-famous Stonehenge opens in Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum on the 8th September 2012. The exhibition is free and runs to the 12th January 2013.
The exhibition presents a selection of images taken between 2007 and 2009 when I worked on the Stonehenge Riverside Project. The project explores the archaeological evidence of the Stonehenge area. Reported discoveries include processional routes, settlement areas and ritual sites.
In my exhibition, Stonehenge is very much in the background; the focus is on the archaeologists, their methods and processes, and their tools. I believe that the identity of the archaeologists is as much about the tools they use as the fi nds they make. Supported by quotes from the archaeologists, the photographs and narrative commentary provide a unique photographer’s perspective on the excavations.
As a photographer, I'm interested in the ways archaeologists organise and categorise the material discovered during excavations. He captures fl eeting moments when the process of excavation brings together ancient and modern, processes and material, in an emotive and thought-provoking way.
Stonehenge Riverside Project is a joint collaboration between archaeologists at the Universities of Sheffi eld, Manchester, Bristol, UCL and Bournemouth.
The exhibition has been funded by Arts Council England and Manchester University in partnership with Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. I am grateful to the assistance of Kim Chittick, Exhibitions Officer, for bringing Henge Diggers to Salisbury.