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Professor Jamie Hampson

Associate Professor of Rock Art and Indigenous Heritage

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Professor Jamie Hampson specialises in Indigenous rock art and ontology, heritage studies, and post-colonial history. He has conducted extensive archaeological and anthropological fieldwork in southern Africa, Australia, North America, and India, and, in collaboration with Traditional Elders, has documented hundreds of rock art sites.

Jamie has a PhD in Archaeology from Cambridge; an MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums (also Cambridge); and a BA (and six-guinea MA) in History (Oxford). 

Current projects include work on Indigenous heritage and world views; post-colonial historiography; rock art regionalism and identity; cultural tourism and the presentation of heritage sites to the public; the commodification of the past; the relationships between humans and animals; and human interaction with cultural landscapes.

Prior to his arrival in Cornwall in January 2018, Jamie was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and the University of Western Australia. From 2014-17 he was also a Principal Investigator and a Marie Curie Global Research Fellow at Stanford University and the University of York. In addition to this, Jamie has received grants totalling c. £1 million from the Australian Research Council, the University of Cambridge, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). He tries to spend at least six weeks each year working in the field with Indigenous groups, often acting as an advisor on how best to develop visitor centres and cultural 'keeping places' in remote regions.

Jamie's latest book is Rock Art and Regional Identity: a Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2016). As of September 2020, he has published 24 journal articles and 7 book chapters (including 21 as sole- or leading-author). Two new edited volumes - one on visual culture, appropriation, and identity; the other on the history of rock art research - are due in March 2021.

Jamie is currently accepting PhD and MRes students on any of the topics outlined above.

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