Thomas Mannack

Dr Toby Martin

Lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology

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

Tel: +44 (0)1865 278148

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Research interests

  • The archaeology of early medieval Europe (AD 400-700)
  • Anglo-Saxon funerary archaeology
  • Material culture, identity, gender, sexuality and the body

Current activities

My research focuses on the material culture of early medieval Europe during the immediately post-Roman period (400-700). My most substantial publication in this area is The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England (Boydell and Brewer, 2015). Recently I have also co-edited a volume about more general archaeological approaches to dress, Dress and Society: Contributions from Archaeology (Oxbow, 2017)

I am currently completing work on a British Academy-funded project ‘Origins of a European Community: Creating Identity and Networks with Dress in Post-Roman Europe’, which looks at the role of women’s jewellery and dress in the rise of early medieval regional and trans-regional identities from the 4th to the 7th centuries AD.  This project accumulated a database of several thousand artefacts from Scandinavia, Britain and Continental and Mediterranean Europe and I am currently working on the publication of a synthesis of this material.


  • Martin, T. F. and Weetch, R. (eds.), 2017. Dress and Society: Contributions from Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Martin, T. F. 2015. The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer.

Other publications

  • Martin, T. F. (forthcoming) ‘A matter of scale: some impediments to broad archaeological perspectives on post-Roman European bow brooches’. Neue Studien our Sachsenforschung 6.
  • Martin, T. F. and Weetch, R. 2017. ‘Introduction: dress and society’, in Martin, T. F. and Weetch, R. (eds.) Dress and Society: Contributions from Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Martin, T. F. 2016. ‘The lives and deaths of people and things: biographical approaches to dress in early Anglo-Saxon England’, in Smith, R. and Watson, G. (eds.) Writing the Lives of People and Things, 67-87. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Martin, T. F. 2015. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Cruciform Brooches (data-set). York: Archaeology Data Service (doi: 10.5284/1028833). Available from
  • Martin, T. F. 2014. ‘(Ad)Dressing the Anglo-Saxon body: corporeal meanings and artefacts in early England’, in Blinkhorn, P. and Cumberpatch, C. (eds.) The Chiming of Crack’d Bells, 27-38. British Archaeological Reports (International Series) 2677. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Martin, T. F. 2013. ‘Women, knowledge and power: the iconography of early Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooches’, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 18, 1-17.
  • Martin, T. F. 2012. ‘Riveting biographies: the theoretical implications of early Anglo-Saxon brooch repair, customisation and reuse’, in Jervis, B. and Kyle, A. (eds.)  Make-Do and Mend: Archaeologies of Compromise, Repair and Reuse, 53-65. British Archaeological Reports (International Series) 2408. Oxford: Archaeopress.
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