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Poppy Grima

Postgraduate Research Student

Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of Archaeology


Academic Background

MPhil Classics, University of Cambridge, 2018

BA Art History, John Cabot University, 2017

Research Topic

The field site and the photographic archive: Landscape archaeology, photography, and the post-war imagination through the lens of the South Etruria Survey, 1955-1975

‘Monuments Man’ John Ward-Perkins became Director of the British School at Rome in 1946, a time of radical change in the Italian countryside. New agricultural methods were both revealing and damaging previously unknown ancient sites. In response, he instigated a ‘salvage’ project, the South Etruria Survey, thereby pioneering ‘landscape archaeology’ in the Mediterranean. The Survey’s archaeological data has recently been reanalysed (Patterson, Witcher, Di Giuseppe (2020): The changing landscapes of Rome’s Northern Hinterland: the British School at Rome's Tiber Valley Project) but its 7500-strong photo archive remains under researched. My PhD project will use the archive to investigate how photographic methods and archaeological ideas developed amid post-war anxieties about destruction and preservation, shaping the imagination of both ancient and modern Italian landscapes.