My research is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of identity in the southern North Sea region during the early medieval period. My PhD research, which I completed at the University of Sheffield in 2010, focused on settlement identities in Viking-Age Lincolnshire as evident from artefactual assemblages (mainly coinage, metalwork and pottery) and burial contexts (including funerary sculpture). I am currently the Early Medieval Researcher on the English Landscape and Identities project at the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford. In addition, I am involved in an international research network The Foundations of the European Space, which takes a comparative approach to local identities on the fringes of the Carolingian realm, stretching from the Scandinavian North to the Mediterranean. My specific contribution to the network addresses local identities and territoriality in the coastal zone of the Low Countries.
Key themes of my research include:
- Material culture and identity
- Settlement development and the rise of urban identities
- Landscape archaeology
- Portrayal and self-portrayal in historical/literary sources
- Relationship between archaeology, 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 – 1986 AD
- Member of international network The Foundations of the European Space addressing local identities and the ‘supra-local’ in early medieval Europe (to be completed in early 2014).
- Co-editor of a volume of proceedings of a workshop re-assessing the archaeology of early medieval Walcheren (the Netherlands), held in October 2013.
- Landscape context of Viking-Age hoards (with Dr Chris Green; to be included as a chapter in G. Williams’s forthcoming book on the Vale of York hoard).
- Tutor, Weekly Classes Programme, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.
- Committee Member, Medieval Settlement Research Group
- Member of Editorial Board, Medieval and Modern Matters