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The Personal Histories Project



Dr Pamela Jane Smith specialises in the history of British and Canadian twentieth-century archaeology; working primarily as an oral historian, she investigates the creation, production and 'travel' of academic knowledge. After coming to Cambridge from Canada in 1994, (Bruce Trigger's idea), Pamela became the first to document the lives of numerous British prehistorians such as Grahame Clark, Dorothy Garrod and Miles Burkitt; her research was based on previously unknown sources which she herself found; this original, new research has been subsequently widely used by academic authors. Pamela was the first to document the influence of Breuil on British archaeology and the interrelationships between religious beliefs, Empire and archaeology in the twentieth century. She has a wide knowledge of the history of archaeology and is often used as an academic adviser.