Digging Up and Digging Down

Urban Undergrounds


  • Paul Dobraszczyk University of Manchester
  • Carlos López Galviz University of Lancaster
  • Bradley L. Garrett University of Southampton




Infrastructure, excavation, verticality, tunnels, underground


This article explores the intersections between history, urban geography and archaeology in the context of the question “are we all archaeologists now?” Amongst scholars doing research around questions of space and place, increasingly consideration is being given to vertical architectures, including tunnelling infrastructures. The vertical stretch of human imagination and habitation, even upward, inevitably involves excavation that triggers encounters with material remains of the past. However, the construction of subterranean realms also creates archaeologies of the future. Here we outline the significance of a dovetailing of disciplines through vertical stretch.


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Author Biographies

Paul Dobraszczyk, University of Manchester

Paul Dobraszczyk is a researcher and writer based in Manchester, UK, and a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

Carlos López Galviz, University of Lancaster

Carlos López Galviz is a Lecturer in the Theories and Methods of Social Futures at Lancaster University

Bradley L. Garrett, University of Southampton

Bradley L. Garrett is a lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton.


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How to Cite

Dobraszczyk, P., Galviz, C. L., & Garrett, B. L. (2016). Digging Up and Digging Down: Urban Undergrounds. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2(2), S26-S30. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.v2i2.28454



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