About Me

I am Dr Lorna-Jane Richardson and I currently work in the Digital Social Studies Unit (DIGSUM) of the Department of Sociology at Umeå University in northern Sweden, as a post-doctoral researcher in Digital Sociology. I have a PhD in Information Studies, an MA in Public Archaeology and a BA in Medieval Archaeology, all from UCL in the UK. I have worked in the archaeology sector in the UK for over a decade, in commercial and community archaeology with a specific focus on digital communications. My academic work at the moment concentrates on the impact of the Internet and digital media on public engagement with archaeology, and politics and public archaeology. I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

I am especially interested in the ways in which digital technologies can be new gateways through which audiences gain access to, and create, discuss and repurpose archaeological sites, data and narratives. I am also interested in the ways in which digital communications support and reinforce concepts of academic and professional expertise, exclude and contain alternative interpretations of archaeological sites and material, and provide platforms for heritage-related activism and alternative discourse outside the academy. Most of my work uses qualitative approaches to data, although as part of my post doc research, I am using more quantitative and ‘Big Data’ analysis techniques.

I like to practice what I preach, and I am especially interested in the concept of ‘research as practise’, I have participated in the creation of a number of digital public engagement projects which draw upon my research. I am one of the founders of the global Day of Archaeology project, and a coordinator of Public Archaeology 2015 and The Human Seasons. I also co-founded the Waveney Valley Community Archaeology Group in 2013, back home in East Anglia.

I also have a chronic debilitating illness, endometriosis, which I sometimes write about here. This disease affects my life in a myriad of ways, especially my working life, and my ability to think, write and ‘do’ academia, so you will also find the occasional post covering life with a chronic pain condition!

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Bonacchi, C., Griffiths, S., Moshenska, G., & Richardson, L-J. (2015) Digital Community Archaeology in Practice (editorial). Internet Archaeology 40. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.40.7

Richardson, L-J. (2015). The Future of Recording the Past. Web Archives as a Source for Public Archaeology. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. 2.1 S1-S32.
DOI: 10.1558/jca.v2i1.28244

Richardson, L-J. (2015). Micro-blogging and Online Community, Internet Archaeology 39.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.39.2

Richardson, L-J. (2015). Qualitative and Quantitative Data on the Use of the Internet for Archaeological Information. Journal of Open Archaeology Data 4:e2
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/joad.ag

Richardson, L. & Almanza-Sanchez, J. (2015) Do You Even Know What Public Archaeology Is? Trends, Theory, Practice, Ethics. World Archaeology 47 (2), 194-211.
DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2015.1017599

Richardson, L. (2014). Understanding archaeological authority in a digital context. Internet Archaeology 38.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.38.1

Richardson, L. (2014). Issues with Using Social Media Data to Explore Communications in Archaeology. In: K. Woodfield (ed.) Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries. NatCen Social Research

Richardson, L. (2014). Online Survey Data from Twitter and Archaeology Surveys 2011-2013. Journal of Open Archaeology Data 3:e3.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/joad.ae

Richardson, L. (2014). The Day of Archaeology: blogging and online archaeological communities. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies. 4, 421- 446. http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1431013

Richardson, L. (2013). A Digital Public Archaeology? Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 23(1):10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pia.431

Richardson, L. (2012). Twitter & Archaeology: An Archaeological Network in 140 Characters or Less. In: C. Bonacchi (ed.) Archaeologists and the Digital: Towards Strategies of Engagement. London: Archetype. 15-24. https://www.academia.edu/2492383/Twitter_and_Archaeology_An_Archaeological_Network_in_140_Characters_or_Less

Richardson, L. (2012). Digital Public Archaeology in Wales. Archaeology in Wales. 51, 135-142.

Richardson, L. (2012). Forum: The limits of collaboration. Osmanagic in the campus. Online Journal in Public Archaeology. 2, 37-39. http://www.arqueologiapublica.es/descargas/1337973664.pdf

Hunt, G., Morse, C., & Richardson, L. (2008). Watching the Past Unfold Before Your Eyes. London Archaeologist 12(2).

Richardson, L. (2007). Dig Goes Digital in Prescot Street. London Archaeologist 11 (11).

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