What’s the Meaning of Stonehenge? An Exploration of Public Perceptions & Public Engagement

Location Online

Date and time Tuesday 16 May 2023
16:00 - 17:30 (London GMT)
19:00 - 20:30 (Ankara UTC+3)

Speakers Lorna - Jane Richardson
University of East Anglia

Event Summary

This talk will discuss the multiple meanings and mythic appropriations of the site of Stonehenge, using data drawn from public comments on newspaper articles. This work demonstrates multiple tensions in public discourse on archaeology, between rebellion against scientific authority, the need for ‘nostalgia for a sacred time’, humour, common sense and tropes of national identities.

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Event Speakers

Lorna - Jane Richardson

University of East Anglia

Lorna Richardson is a lecturer in Digital Humanities and Heritage in the School of Art, Media & American Studies at UEA. Her research and teaching are focused on the intersection of digital media and cultural heritage. She researches how social media can support, exclude and contain public discourse, alternative ideas and lived experience, and is interested in how the use of digital technologies might support creativity, discussion and the repurposing of expert knowledge in online communities.