I am currently the Early Medieval Researcher in the ERC-funded project 'Landscape and Identities: the case of the English landscape 1500 BC - 1086 AD (EngLaId)' at the Institute of Archaeology (University of Oxford). For progress updates, please see our blog at englaid.com.
In addition, I am working in collaboration with colleagues from the Stichting Cultureel Erfgoed Zeeland (SCEZ), de Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Oxford Research Laboratory for Archaeology and History of Art (RLAHA) on a project entitled 'Investigating the Dead in Early Medieval Domburg'. Funded by the Medieval Settlement Research Group (MSRG), the Society for Medieval Archaeology (SMA), the Viking Society for Northern Research (VSNR) and the Province Zeeland, this involves targeted 14C dating and stable isotope analysis of early medieval human skeletons from the ring fortress and emporium at Domburg, Netherlands, as well as analysis of remains of associated timber coffins.
Between 2011 and 2015, I was involved in international network group 'The Foundations of European Space II (FESII)', which brought together colleagues from Spain, the UK, Iceland, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands to study the interaction between local communities and supra-local polities on a comparative and cross-regional European scale. Proceedings of this network will be published by Brepols in 2017.
From 2006-2010, I did my PhD at the University of Sheffield, spending 3 months as a British Research Council Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington DC. My thesis took a Material Culture approach to investigate the process of early medieval urbanisation in Lincolnshire against the background of the Viking settlement, combining historical sources such as the Domesday Book with archaeological material, including decorative metalwork, coins, funerary sculpture and burials.
Prior to that, I worked commercially as a field archaeologist, archaeological illustrator and finds assistant in London, Sheffield, Cambridge and York, did an MA in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York, and studied Medieval Studies (history and literature) at the Universities of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Cambridge.
Key themes of my research include:
- Material culture and identity
- Settlement development and the rise of urban identities
- Landscape archaeology
- Stable isotopes
- Relationship between archaeology, archaeological science, history and literature.
Primary geographic area
The southern North Sea basin, in particular England and the Low Countries.
Current activities and projects
- Early Medieval Researcher, Landscape and Identities: the case of the English landscape c. 1500 BC – AD 1986
- Investigating the Dead in Early Medieval Domburg (in collaboration with Stichting Cultureel Erfgoed Zeeland (SCEZ) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel).
- Co-editor of a volume of proceedings of a workshop re-assessing the archaeology of early medieval Walcheren (the Netherlands), held in October 2013.
- Tutor, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Archaeology/Weekly Classes Programme, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.
- Member of Editorial Board, Medieval and Modern Matters.
Past activities and projects
- Member of international network The Foundations of the European Space, addressing local identities and the ‘supra-local’ in early medieval Europe (proceedings to be published by Brepols in 2017).
- Committee Member, Medieval Settlement Research Group (2011-2014)