After Ending

Wharram Percy is a deserted medieval village in North Yorkshire, England. The site has become the most archeologically explored site in Britain. Between 1950 and 1990 hundreds of students, commercial archeologists and academics would descend upon the village for a three week excavation every July. The digs were not only a site of intensive research, but a rite of passage, an epistemological testing ground and a sizable undertaking of group authorship. ‘Wharram Percy is a Deserted Village’ is a written and video thesis that will examine the influence the working method of the dig had upon the research that was undertaken, paying particular attention to how the social structures established at Wharram became productive, pedagogical and multiple.


Sid Smith