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PAGE(S) 4: Paleosols

02 September 2016

 Photo: Some examples of features identified within paleosols in the Hrazdan Valley. The upper left photo shows the nest of a bee or wasp. In the lower left, roots are replaced by an iron rich mineral, giving it the dark color. In the pictur...

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Things have got better. Things can get better.

30 August 2016

​When religious groups of various sorts used to knock at our door when I was a child they would inevitably try to engage by beginning with some comment on how dark the times were becoming. My father used to completely disarm them by saying that as fa...

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PAGE(S) 3: Back at base

02 August 2016

 Photo: ‘Café Hovhannes’ during the day (left) and in the evening. A large part of the time in Armenia is spent on fieldwork: mapping the Hrazdan Valley and excavating archaeological sites therein, but (luckily, in these temperatures) i...

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Food poverty: are churches still together?

01 August 2016

​​Ten years on from its inception, the Basics Bank in Winchester – along with its 30 plus food bank counterparts in Hampshire – is having for the first time to face up to its place in social policy. Hitherto, food banks have relied on a simple Good S...

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The divides that currently scar our world

29 July 2016

​I have just come back from a national festival focused on the theme of unity. As we reflected on the divides that currently scar our world, I realised that I have never in my lifetime experienced the intense and complex social divisions that charact...

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PAGE(S) 2: Into the field

28 July 2016

 Photo: A 20m thick sequence of river sediment and buried soils beneath basalt south of the village of Solak. The gravels accumulated in the former channel of the River Hrazdan, the fine-grained sediments on its floodplain while the soils re...

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How is ordinary life experienced in extraordinary times?

27 July 2016

​What is ordinary life in an exceptional space, or transnational space beyond normative markers of ordinariness? How do individuals negotiate the exceptional in their everyday lives?​The Ordinary Times workshop – a collaborative project developed by ...

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