Professor Linda Hurcombe
Telephone: 01392 724347
Linda Hurcombe has broad interests in artefacts and material culture studies. She is especially interested in ethnographies of craft traditions, the sensory worlds of prehistoric societies and the manner in which archaeologists and anthropologists approach artefact studies. She has also worked on gender and material culture, and explored function as a concept as well as conducting functional analysis of stone tools via wear traces. Her research is characterised by the extensive use of experimental archaeology and ethnographies, providing a detailed practical understanding of how materials can be transformed into material culture. Fieldwork projects have been undertaken in Europe and Pakistan and in recent years she has worked with a variety of craftspeople. She has recently published a book with Routledge on Perishable Material Culture in Prehistory: investigating the missing majority. Her work on two related interdisciplinary projects on Touch experiences in museums using a variety of media has led to a joint paper for the international Human Computer Interaction conference which has received acclaim as the 'best paper' for the whole conference of c1500 papers. She leads Exeter's particpation in the EU funded Openarch project focussed on archaeological open-air museums and experimental archaeology. It brings together 11 partners across Europe with Exeter the only University participating. Dr Hurcombe is a leading figure in experimental archaeology and set up the department's distinctive MA in Experimental Archaeology programme.