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Haoran Shi

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Haoran Shi

In the Field
Research Interests: 
technology and infrastructure, time and temporality, human-environment relations, global heritage, digital mapping, and geoarchaeological methods


As an anthropological archaeologist, I am broadly interested in how material creates, regulates, and sustains the human temporal experience. In particular, I focus on the ways that environment and agricultural technologies have shaped notions of time throughout history. My dissertation research explores Iranian qanats as a foundational case study, highlighting how heritage practices can stand in contradiction to the plural registers of temporality immanent in infrastructural projects. Methodologically, I combine excavation, remote sensing, and geomorphological analyses with ethnography to unearth the material and temporal dimensions of social life. These methods are informed by my undergraduate training in Geology at Imperial College and Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology at Oxford.