Lost in Manchego (2021 SPIN Fellowship Project)

James Mansfield, University of Reading

For the SPIN fellowship I will undertake a speculative investigation of a number of sites in rural Scotland, guided less by the ‘official’ record and more by several works of what might be labelled ‘archaeological science fiction’. By combining places open to the public (e.g. a ruined abbey) with restricted locations (e.g. a military training area), I hope to provide an initial excavation of how we value all those locations which are not yet heritage sites, but might be in the future. I will aim to create a short publication documenting the research, alongside a critical text which considers the potential of ‘fictioning the landscape’.