Mission Statement

On the 19th March 2012, at the Institute of Archaeology 75th debate “Archaeology into the 3rd Millennium“, UCL undergraduate Stacey Hickling asked a question:

What are your hopes and fears for the future of archaeology?

This question has inspired a new project Archaeologists Anonymous, (curated by Hilary Orange, James Dixon, Paul Graves-Brown and Stacey Hickling), which calls for more representative responses from the global archaeological community: from volunteers to undergraduates, commercial archaeologists to museum curators, professors to finds specialists – whoever you are, they would like to hear from you.

The project seeks to provide a platform for archaeologists to express their broad range of opinions on the subject and find more representative voices to discuss and debate the future of our field. The project provides anonymity and requires regressive creativity, the making of a postcard, as alternatives to the hyper-identified and fast-paced nature of contemporary digital communication.


Postcards are made visible on a blog site as and when received. The images will be archived online and off line by the project team. The objects received will be similarly archived with a view to using them in discussion sessions in the future. They will, when the project has run its course, be deposited in a suitable location.

Take Part

Archaeologists Anonymous are calling all people passionate about archaeology to take the opportunity to make a statement and have it prominently displayed.

The process is a simple one. Buy a postcard and, however you wish, remake its front image to express your opinion. When you’ve made your statement, post your card to the address below.

Archaeologists Anonymous
3 Hilbre View
Mornant Avenue
Flintshire CH8 9UL
United Kingdom