Research


Hello! I'm Lucy- and this is the page that tells you about what I'm actually interested in, as well as posting pictures of archaeological sites and grumbling about archaeo-tv. 

Looking back, I think my main research interest could be defined as biography. I'm fascinated by the narratives of lives. Not just the lives of people, though- I'm interested in the life stories of both people and objects, and the way the two intersect with one another. 

My doctoral research* applied these ideas to ceramics from Etruscan Italy, exploring how the experience of using vessels might rewrite interpretations of both the pots themselves and the people who used them. You can read all about it in the book, published by Archaeopress. 

The Etruscan world is the context for much of my work (I'm deeply interested in many aspects of Etruscan life and death) but I have also explored biography in the modern world. That is, I've pursued research into the practice of archaeology in a digital realm. 

Feminist thought underpins much of my work, more particularly feminist phenomenology and ideas of embodiment. Having taught social anthropology to first year archaeology students, I remain fascinated by ethnographic research and suspect I always will do.

I'm currently working on a new book, to be published by the brilliant Reaktion Press. Watch this space!

Here's a bibliography of my publications, if you want to look them up (or buy my book!)

Shipley, L. 2015a. Experiencing Pots: Ceramics and the Body in Archaic Etruria. Oxford:
Archaeopress Archaeology.

Shipley, L. 2015b. Leaping to Conclusions: Archaeology, gender and digital news media. Antiquity 89: 472-77.

Perry, S., Shipley, L, and J. Osborne. 2015. Digital Media, Power and (In)Equality in Archaeology and Heritage. Internet Archaeology 38

Shipley, L. 2014a. Review: Veii, the Historical Topography of the Ancient City: A Restudy of John Ward-Perkins’s Survey. American Journal of Archaeology 118.2

Shipley, L. 2014b. Etruscans Online. In D. Rocks-McQueen and C. Webster (eds.) Blogging Archaeology. E-book: DigTech Publications.

Shipley, L. 2013a. Guelphs, Ghibellines and Etruscans: archaeological discoveries and civic identity in late Medieval and early Renaissance Tuscany. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 23.

Shipley, L. 2013b. Moving through memories: site distribution, performance and practice in Etruria. In A. Chadwick and C. Gibson (eds.) Memories Can’t Wait: Memory, Myth, Materiality and Long-
Term Landscape Inhabitation
, 240-258. Oxford: Oxbow.

Shipley, L. 2013c. Review: Mundane Objects, Materiality and Non-verbal Communication by Pierre
Lemonnier. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 28: 221-225.

Kamash, Z., L. Shipley, Y. Galanakis and S. Skaltsa. 2012. Iron Age and Roman Italy. In D. Hicks and A.Stevenson (eds.) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, 336-358. Oxford: Archaeopress.

*Funded by the AHRC, undertaken at the University of Southampton. Degree awarded March 2014.