Tag Archives: Flints

‘Jacquetta Hawkes? Portugal?’

One of the joys of archive work is that new objects are always coming to light!  Witness a recent discovery by the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Clearing the basement for building work, staff found a mysterious box containing flint arrowheads and other archaeological finds.  It was tantalisingly labelled ‘Jacquetta Hawkes?  Portugal?‘.

To cut the story short, the puzzled labeller was right.  Investigation, including a look at our Jacquetta Hawkes archive, reveals that the objects were presented to Jacquetta during her 1949 lecture tour of Portugal.  I’ve been meaning to write about this trip for a while.  We have a candid report by Jacquetta on her experiences plus letters from the new colleagues she met there.  So look out for that piece!  Meanwhile, you can learn more about the contents of the mystery box in ‘The Jacquetta Hawkes Collection, Portugal, 1949’, a blog post by undergraduate Dalva Gerberon, who studied them as part of her fieldwork.

An Artist in the Archive: welcoming Kate Morrell

An exciting new project for 2014.  Special Collections and Arts on Campus at the University of Bradford are commissioning artist Kate Morrell to explore the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive.  As a look at Kate’s website reveals, there are fascinating connections between Kate’s interests and the Archive.   Kate has used classic mountaineering tales, flints, geological surveys, and archaeological practice as inspirations for her work.  Like Jacquetta in her writings, Kate is drawn to reflections on our relationships with nature, the past, and the making of objects.

Arrowhead in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, bought in Taos New Mexico

Arrowhead in the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, bought in Taos New Mexico

Her work will be exhibited in Gallery II at the University in the Spring of 2014.  We look forward to collaborating with Kate and seeing what she makes of the Archive.