After a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Florence, I completed a PhD in Public Archaeology from the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Before joining Stirling, in April 2018, I worked as Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Co-Investigator Researcher at the University of Newcastle, Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, and the UCL Institute of Archaeology.
I have designed, participated in and led a broad portfolio of collaborative research projects in the UK and internationally, focussing on the study of public perceptions and experience of the past, digital co-production and public engagement, data science and digital ethnographies in heritage studies, and heritage values. In Italy, I have spearheaded the set-up of public archaeology as a field of study, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Florence. I have advised and completed commissioned reports for arts and culture organisations and funding bodies in the UK and Europe. I have been invited to give keynote speeches, lectures and presentations around the world, in countries including the UK, Italy, Germany, Norway, Jordan, the US, Mexico and China.
External appointments and memberships
Member of the European Association of Archaeologists.
Member of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies.
Advisory Board member for AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology.
Advisory Board member for the Italian Journal of Public Archaeology.
Public Archaeology Series Editor, Florence University Press.
Peer-reviewer for: European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies; Advances in Archaeological Practice; Archeologia Medievale; Public Archaeology; Presence; Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage; International Journal of Heritage Studies; Journal of Arts, Management, Law and Society; Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development; Curator: The Museum Journal; Journal of Material Culture; Antiquity; Open Archaeology; Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage.
BOOKS & WHOLE ISSUES
Bonacchi, C. (accepted, publication in 2018). Co-Producing Knowledge Online. Connected Communities Foundation Series Reviews, UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Bonacchi, C., Petersson, B. (Eds) (2017). Digital Co-Production in Archaeology. Special Issue of Internet Archaeology 46.
Bonacchi, C. (ed.) 2012. Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype Publications.
Bonacchi, C., Altaweel, M. and Krzyzanska, M. (2018) The heritage of Brexit: Roles of the past in the construction of political identities through social media. Journal of Social Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1469605318759713
Hingley, R., Bonacchi, C., and Sharpe, K. (2018) ‘Are you local?’ The ‘indigenous’ Iron Age and mobile Roman and post-Roman population: Then, now and in-between. Britannia. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068113X18000016.
Bonacchi, C., Hingley, R., and Yarrow, T. (2016) Exploring Ancient Identities in Modern Britain. Archaeology International: 54-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ai.1909.
Wexler, J., Bevan, A., Bonacchi, C, Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Pett, D., Wilkin, N. 2015 Collective Re-Excavation and Lost Media from the Last Century of British Prehistoric Studies. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 2 (1): 126-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/jca.v2i1.27124.
Vannini, G., Nucciotti, M. and Bonacchi, C. (2014) Archeologia Pubblica e Archeologia Medievale [Public Archaeology and Medieval Archaeology]. Archeologia Medievale. Special Issue: Quarant’anni di Archeologia Medievale in Italia. La rivista, i temi, la teoria e i metodi, 2014: 183-195.
Bevan, A., Pett, D., Bonacchi, C., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Lombraña González, D., Sparks, R., Wexler, J. and Wilkin, N. (2014) Citizen Archaeologists. Online Collaborative Research about the Human Past. Human Computation (2014) 1:2:183-197. http://dx.doi.org/10.15346/hc.v1i2.9.
Bonacchi, C. (2014) Understanding the public experience of archaeology in the UK and Italy: a call for a ‘sociological movement’ in Public Archaeology. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies 4 (2014): 377-400.
Bonacchi, C. (2009) Archeologia pubblica in Italia. Origini e prospettive di un ‘nuovo’ settore disciplinare [Public Archaeology in Italy. Origins and Prospects for a ‘new’ disciplinary field]. Ricerche Storiche 2-3 (2009): 329-350.
Bonacchi, C. (2007) Il castello di Piteccio nell’alta valle dell’Ombrone e il fenomeno dell’incastellamento toscano (secoli XI-XIV) [The Castle of Piteccio in the High Valley of the River Ombrone and the phenomenon of castle settlement in Tuscany (cc.XI-XIV)]. Bullettino Storico Pistoiese. CIX (2007), pp. 59-86.
Bonacchi, C. (2017) Digital Media for Public Archaeology Research and Practice. In Moshenska, G. (ed.) Key Concepts in Public Archaeology. UCL Press.
Wilkin, N., Bevan, A., Bonacchi, C., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Pett, D., Wexler, J. 2015. Crowd-sourcing the British Bronze Age: Initial experiences and results from the MicroPasts project. Proceedings of the Society for Museum Archaeologists Conference.
Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Pett, D., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. (2015) Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeology. Early Results from the micropasts Project. In Giligny, F., Djindjian, F., Costa, L., Moscati, P. And Robert, S. Eds. CAA2014, 21st Century Archaeology. Concepts, Methods and Tools. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Paris. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 279-288.
Bonacchi, C. (2014) Archeologia Pubblica al Tempo della Crisi Economica [Public Archaeology at the Time of the Economic Crisis]. In Parello, M.C. and Rizzo, M.S. (eds) Proceedings of the Conference Archeologia Pubblica al Tempo della Crisi, 29-30 November 2013, Agrigento, Italy, pp. 19-23.
Bonacchi, C. (2012) Introduction. In Bonacchi, C. (ed.) Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype Publications, pp. xi-xix.
Bonacchi, C., Furneaux, C. and Pett, D. (2012) Public Engagement Through Online TV Channels: A Way Forward For The Audiovisual Communication Of Archaeology? In Bonacchi, C. (ed.) Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype, pp. 50-65.
Bonacchi, C. and Pett, D. (2012) Conclusions. In Bonacchi, C. (ed.) Archaeology and Digital Communication. Towards Strategies of Public Engagement. London: Archetype Publications, pp. 126-130.
Bonacchi, C. (2011) Dalla Public Archaeology all’archeologia Pubblica [From Public Archaeology to Archeologia Pubblica]. In Vannini, G. (ed.) Archeologia Pubblica in Toscana. Un Progetto e una Proposta. Florence: Florence University Press, pp. 103-112.
Bonacchi, C. (2009) La mostra: idea e struttura. Il progetto museologico [The exhibition: concept and articulation: The museological project]. In Vannini, G. and Nucciotti, M. (eds) Da Petra a Shawbak. Archeologia di una Frontiera. Catalogo. Florence: Giunti, pp. 36-46.
EDITORIALS, REVIEWS & RESEARCH UPDATES
Bonacchi, C. (2017) Higher Education and the Creative Economy: Beyond the Campus. The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society 47(3): 206-208. DOI:10.1080/10632921.2017.1303414.
Griffith, S., Bonacchi, C., Moshenska, G, Richardson, L. (2015) Editorial. Internet Archaeology.
Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Pett, D., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Sparks, R., Wexler, J. and Wilkin, N. (2014) Crowd-sourced Archaeological Research. The MicroPasts Project. Archaeology International 17: 61-68. http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.1705.
Digital heritage and data science for heritage studies
Public perceptions and experience of the past
Heritage values, politics and identity
Medieval and early modern archaeology in the Mediterranean
Building archaeology and built heritage
My research started with a focus on medieval and public archaeology and progressively broadened to examine public perceptions and experiences of objects, places and practices from the past that are attributed cultural and social values today, online and offline. In my work, I have utilised interdisciplinary approaches and interpretative lenses drawn from archaeology, history, anthropology, sociology and internet studies.
My PhD in public archaeology explored the ways in which people in different personal, social, physical and socio-cultural contexts engage with archaeology as a discipline and with medieval pasts via museum visitation and television viewing. I then specialised in the conceptualisation, development and evaluation of digital cultural engagement via social media, crowd- and other web-based methods. More recently, I have been applying digital methods, both data-intensive and ethnographic, to study the legacies and contemporary values of ideas and materials from the pre-modern past of Europe. In this context, I have been exploring how the Iron Age to late medieval past is leveraged in political micro-activism on social media through the collection and analysis of big data.
I retain an interest in post-classical archaeology in the Mediterranean, building archaeology and built heritage that I am starting to pursue again both theoretically and empirically, after a break of a few years. In the past, I undertook fieldwork with roles of responsibilities in the areas of medieval and building archaeology and of public archaeology in Tuscany (Italy) and the Petra region (Jordan).
2018, Convenor (with Stuart Jeffrey and Melissa Terras) of R in Heritage Studies training workshop for PG students and heritage professionals, funded by Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (£1,800).
2017, PI on European Social Heritages: Pilot Study, funded buy the UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (£1,959).
2016, PI on the ‘Digital Heritage ‘Big’ Data Hacking and Visualisation’ project, UCL Global Engagement Fund (£2,000), with £800 of additional sponsorship from the UCL Institute of Archaeology Heritage Section, the British Museum and the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. This was a collaboration between the UCL Institute of Archaeology, the British Museum, Harvard University, Michigan University and Carleton University.
2016, Co-I on the AHRC grant (PI Richard Hingley, Durham Archaeology) ‘Iron Age and Roman Heritages: Exploring Ancient Identities in Modern Britain’ (£678,746, of which £348,481 have been personally managed).
2016, funding from Museo Egizio of Turin to start a Public Archaeology programme of activities based on crowd-sourcing (£2,625).
Active projects funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council:
Bonacchi C (2017) Higher Education and the Creative Economy: Beyond the Campus., Review of: Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 47 (3), pp. 206-208. https://doi.org/10.1080/10632921.2017.1303414.
Bonacchi C (2017) Museum websites & social media. Issues of participation, sustainability, trust and diversity., Review of: International Journal of Heritage Studies, 23 (3), pp. 291-292. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2016.1232301.
Bonacchi C (2017) Digital Media in Public Archaeology. In: Moshenska & G. (eds.) Key Concepts in Public Archaeology. London: UCL Press, pp. 60-72. https://ucldigitalpress.co.uk/Book/Article/22/47/1631/.
Bonacchi C & Willocks J (2016) Realities and impacts of museum-university partnerships in England. Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England. London: Central Saint Martins with NCCPE for the Museum University Partnership Initiative. https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/sites/default/files/publication/mupi_literature_review_and_research_report.pdf.
Bonacchi C, Pett D, Bevan A & Keinan-Schoonbaert A (2015) Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, 2 (3), pp. 184--198. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/2051819615Z.00000000041; https://doi.org/10.1179/2051819615Z.00000000041.
Wexler J, Bevan A, Bonacchi C, Keinan-Schoonbaert A, Pett D & Wilkin N (2015) Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2 (1), pp. 126--142. http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/JCA/article/view/27124; https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.v2i1.27124.
Wilkin N, Bevan A, Bonacchi C, Keinan-Schoonbaert A, Pett D & Wexler J (2015) Crowd-sourcing the British Bronze Age: Initial experiences and results from the MicroPasts project In: Proceedings of the Society for Museum Archaeologists Conference. The Museum Archaeologist, 35. Society for Museum Archaeologists Conference 2017, Sheffield, 02.11.2015-03.11.2015. Sheffield.
Bonacchi C (2014) Archeologia pubblica al tempo della crisi economica. In: Parello, M.C. aR & M.S. (eds.) Proceedings of the Conference Archeologia Pubblica al Tempo della Crisi, 29-30 November 2013, Agrigento, Italy, 7 ed. Bari: Edipuglia, pp. 19-24.
Bonacchi C & Galani A (2013) 'Culturally engaged? A people-centred approach to understanding digital cultural engagement on social media platforms. Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Report for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University.