Symmetrical Media Archaeology

Boundary and Context


  • Greg Bailey University of Bristol



agential cut-in-reality, archaeological ontology, extended archaeological context, material/virtual symmetry, media archaeology, street media, wayfaring as methodology


In recent years a significant inter-disciplinary dialogue has been established under the general heading of media archaeology. Yet, this important wide-ranging conversation, which has considered the nature, affect, and ontology of media, has so far heard very little from archaeologists. This paper asks what special insight or approach archaeology or archaeologists—as commonly defined—might bring to these studies. A brief account of street media as encountered through a practice of archaeological wayfaring and wayfinding follows; a case study, which considers boundary making as archaeological reality and explores methodological approaches to the extended archaeological context.


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Author Biography

Greg Bailey, University of Bristol

Greg J. Bailey is a PhD candidate in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK.


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How to Cite

Bailey, G. (2015). Symmetrical Media Archaeology: Boundary and Context. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2(1), 41–52.