Matthew Nelson is doctoral student at Grasca – graduate school in contract archaeology.
My PhD research deals with mediation and participation in contract archaeology with a focus on the archaeological heritage landscape. I investigate how views and values of past landscapes are formed through the interaction between contract archaeology and the public. Landscape, heritage and social studies as well as thematic discourse analysis is used to understand the conditions for forming a more progressive relationship between the public and archaeological sites. My case studies involve the study of major ongoing or recently conducted excavation projects in Sweden, where mediation and participation with the public are prioritized goals. One aim is to evaluate methods in mediating contract archaeology, in order to develop more directed and cost-effective activities.