Ancient Identities aims to achieve five main objectives, through which we hope to create both scientific and social impact, in Britain and internationally.
To explore the diversity of heritages created by various stakeholders across Britain, as exemplified through interpreting, performing and researching.
To document the contrasting values inherent in these heritages and how these relate to sense of place.
To research the wider values of engaging with the past in Britain. These values are not necessarily specific to Iron Age, Roman and Early Medieval heritages, but will be identified by looking intensively at this case study.
To develop and apply a mixed and coordinated methodology for the study of heritage values that uses both qualitative and data-intensive methods of analysis, offline and online
To build upon contact with academics and organisations working on related issues in the UK and elsewhere, to encourage a new focus of international research around the core aims of the project that we hope will help to spread this cross-disciplinary agenda.