An investigation into museum storage facilities led me to a collection of Paleolithic stone tools which were excavated around Mount Carmel, in the former territory of Palestine, in the 1920s and 30s. Once useful everyday items for the people who lived there, they are now preserved in museum drawers as relics of human history and archaeological discovery. The placement of these objects in museum storage can be seen as part of an ongoing process of re-definition and re-interpretation, as they are held by different individuals and institutions.
Excavations was exhibited at the University of Westminster in 2017. These images were shown alongside fieldwork photographs made by Dorothy Garrod around the excavation sites where these objects were unearthed. Her photographs were reproduced for the exhibition with the kind permission of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. This project would also not have been possible without the assistance and support of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, where these photographs were made.