Letty Ten Harkel

Dr Letty Ten Harkel

EAMENA Researcher

Institute of Archaeology
36 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PG

Tel: +44 (0)1865 611662

Fax: +44 (0)1865 278254

E-mail: letty.tenharkel@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research interests

I am currently a Researcher on the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project, which is funded by the Arcadia Fund and based at the Universities of Oxford, Leicester and Durham. This project uses satellite imagery to rapidly record and make available information about archaeological sites and landscapes which are under threat. For more information, please see http://eamena.arch.ox.ac.uk

I arrived at Oxford in 2011, when I joined the ERC-funded project 'Landscape and Identities: the case of the English landscape 1500 BC - 1086 AD (EngLaId)' at the Institute of Archaeology as the Early Medieval Researcher. The final project publication is currently in preparation.

In addition, I am working in collaboration with colleagues from the Netherlands, Belgium, England and South Africa 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), the Province Zeeland and the Stichting Nederlands Museum voor Anthropologie en Praehistorie (SNAP), this involves targeted 14C dating and stable isotope analysis of early medieval human skeletons from the ring fortress and now-destroyed 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:

  1. Material culture and identity
  2. Archaeological method, practice and heritage at risk in the 21st century
  3. Vikings, especially processes of cultural assimilation
  4. Settlement development and the rise of urban identities
  5. Landscape archaeology
  6. Stable isotopes
  7. Relationship between archaeology, archaeological science, history and literature

Primary geographic area

The southern North Sea basin, in particular England and the Low Countries, and the Middle East and North Africa.

Current activities and projects

  1. Researcher, EAMENA project
  2. Co-investigator, Investigating the Dead in Early Medieval Domburg project.
  3. Editor, peer-reviewed journal Medieval Settlement Research, and committee member/trustee of Medieval Settlement Research Group
  4. Member of Editorial Board, Medieval and Modern Matters.
  5. Co-editor of a volume of proceedings of a workshop re-assessing the archaeology of early medieval Walcheren (the Netherlands), held in October 2013.
  6. Tutor, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Archaeology/Weekly Classes Programme, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.
  7. Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London.
  8. Sessional Lecturer, University of Reading.

Past activities and projects

  1. Early Medieval Researcher, Landscape and Identities: the case of the English landscape c. 1500 BC – AD 1986
  2. 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).
  3. Committee Member, Medieval Settlement Research Group (2011-2014)

Selected Publications

  1. ‘Team EngLaId’, in prep. English Landscapes and Identities: Investigating Landscape Change from 1500 BC to AD 1086 (book proposal under consideration with Oxford University Press).
  2. Deckers, P. and Ten Harkel, L. (eds), in prep. A Central Place on the World’s Edge: Studies on the Early Medieval History and Archaeology of the Island of Walcheren, the Netherlands (book proposal under consideration as a joint venture with Brepols and the Koninklijk Zeeuwsch Genootschap der Wetenschappen [Royal Zeeland Institute of Sciences]).
  3. Ten Harkel, L., forthcoming. Ethnic Identity or Something Else? The Production and Use of Non-Ferrous Dress-Accessories and Related Items from Early Medieval Lincoln, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History (accepted for the 2017 issue).
  4. Ten Harkel, L., Franconi, T. and Gosden, C., in press. Fields, Ritual and Religion: Holistic Approaches to the Rural Landscape in Long-Term Perspective (c. 1500 BC – AD 1086), Oxford Journal of Archaeology.
  5. Ten Harkel, L., in press. ‘Est haec effera gens’: landscapes of negotiation on the former island of Walcheren, the Netherlands. In: Escalona, J., O. Vésteinsson and S. Brookes (eds), Polity and Locality in Early Medieval Europe, Turnhout: Brepols.

  6. Ten Harkel, L. in press. The Norman Conquest and its Impact on Late Anglo-Saxon Towns. In: Hadley, D.M. and C. Dyer (eds), The Norman Conquest: Transformations and Continuities. Society for Medieval Archaeology Monographs.
  7. Gosden, C., Green, C., Ten Harkel, L., Lowerre, A., Kamash, Z., Franconi, T. and Cooper, A. 2016. ‘Understanding the English landscape: modelling mass data from England, 1500 BC to AD 1086’, Archaeological Journal 174.1: 244-80.
  8. Ten Harkel, L., Weetch, R. and Sainsbury, V. 2016. An Early Medieval Polychrome-Enamelled Brooch from Flaxengate, Lincoln: Continental Fashions in an Anglo-Scandinavian Town. Medieval Archaeology 60 :1, 57
  9. Hadley, D.M. and Ten Harkel, L., 2013. Everyday Life in Viking-Age Towns: social approaches to towns in England and Ireland, c. 850-1100. Oxford: Oxbow
  10. Ten Harkel, L., 2013. A Viking Age Landscape of Defence in the Netherlands? The Late Ninth- and Tenth-century Ringwalburgen in the Dutch Province of Zeeland. In: Baker, J., S. Brookes and A. Reynolds (eds), Landscapes of Defence in the Viking Age, 223-59. Turnhout: Brepols.
  11. Ten Harkel, L., 2013. The Urbanization of Viking Age Lincoln: a numismatic perspective. The Mediaeval Journal 13.1: 1-48.
  12. Ten Harkel, L., 2013. Material Culture and Urbanism: The Case of Viking-Age Lincoln. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 18, 157-73.
  13. Ten Harkel, L., 2006. The Vikings and the Natives: Ethnic Identity in England and Normandy c. 1000. The Medieval Chronicle 4, 175-188.

All Publications

  1. Donnelly, V., Green, C. and Ten Harkel, L. 2014. English Landscapes and Identities. The Early Medieval Landscape: Methods and Approaches. Medieval Settlement Research 29: 43-55.
  2. Ten Harkel, L. 2014. The English Landscapes and Identities Project. Dissertation Reviews – Medieval Studies – Talking Shop, 6 May 2014. Available at http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/8716.
  3. Ten Harkel, L. 2013. Landscapes and Identities: The Case of the English Landscape c. 1500 BC – AD 1986. Post-Classical Archaeologies 3: 349-56.
  4. Ten Harkel, L., C. Gosden, A. Cooper, M. Creswell, C. Green and L. Morley. 2012. Understanding the Relationship between Landscape and Identity: A Case Study from Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley, Devon, c. 1500 BC – AD 1086. eTopoi: Journal for Ancient Studies. Available at http://journal.topoi.org/index.php/etopoi/article/view/105.
  5. Gosden, C., A. Cooper, M. Creswell, C. Green, L. ten Harkel, Z. Kamash, L. Morley, J. Pybus and X. Xiong, 2012. The English Landscape and Identities Project. Antiquity 86 (332). Available at http://www.antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/gosden332/.
  6. Gosden, C. and L. Ten Harkel. 2011. English Landscapes and Identities. The Early Medieval Landscape: a perspective from the past. Medieval Settlement Research 26, 1-10.
  7. Ten Harkel, L., 2013. Of Towns and Trinkets: The Production and Consumption of Metalwork in Tenth-century Lincoln. In: Hadley, D. M. and L. Ten Harkel (eds), Everyday Life in Viking-Age Towns: social approaches to towns in England and Ireland, c. 850-1100, 172-92. Oxford: Oxbow.
  8. Ten Harkel, L., 2011. De Vikingen en de Zeeuwse ringwalburgen: enkele vraagstukken. Madoc: Tijdschrift over de Middeleeuwen 25 (3): 161-72.
  9. Ten Harkel, L., 2011. Land or Gold? Changing Perceptions of Landscape and Wealth in Viking-Age Lincolnshire (c. 800-1000 AD). Assemblage 11: 15-33.
  10. Evans, C. and L. Ten Harkel, 2010. Roman Cambridge’s Early Settlement and Via Devana: Excavations at Castle Street. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 99: 35-60.
  11. Ten Harkel, L., 2008. Lincoln en de Vikingen: Het Ontstaan van een Stad. Madoc: Tijdschrift over de Middeleeuwen 22: 3, 110-19.
  12. Ten Harkel, L., 2004. The Good, The Bad and The Fearless: De Vikingen en hun Vijanden in Oudnoorse en Oudengelse Oorlogspoëzie. Madoc: Tijdschrift over de Middeleeuwen 18:1, 2-10.

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