On the Spot: Dan Hicks

‘Our work on the Calais ‘Jungle’ forced me to change my mind about freedom of movement.’

OGS Crawford photographed at Stonehenge in 1926. Photographer unknown. Image courtesy of the OGS Crawford Photographic Archive, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford.  

Why are you a historian?
In fact, I’m a contemporary archaeologist with an anthropological sense of the past.

What’s the most important lesson history has taught you?
That anti-racism is more urgent than class war.

Which history book has had the greatest influence on you? 
Aimé Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism.

What book in your field should everyone read?
No such book has yet been written or ever will be. I have dozens of books on the go at any one time, focusing a good deal on the index and bibliography. It’s an approach I recommend to others.

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