Toby Martin

Research interests

  • Early medieval brooches in Europe c. AD 400-600
  • Networks in early medieval Europe
  • Gender and identity
  • Object and human biography
  • The body and dress

Primary Geographic Area

Early Medieval Europe

Current Activities/Projects

My postdoctoral research project, entitled ‘Origins of a European Community: Creating Identity and Networks with Dress in Post-Roman Europe’, 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.  In particular, my research focuses on bow brooches and their many permutations in Europe from Britain to the Black Sea and beyond.  During the course of the research I will assemble a sample of the European material in order to draw detailed comparisons between typological form, archaeological context and iconography in an international context. 



I keep a research blog here: https://anglosaxonfragments.wordpress.com/

Selected Publications

  • Martin, T. F. 2015. The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer
  • 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.

All publications

  • Martin, T. F. 2015 (forthcoming). ‘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.
  • Martin, T. F. 2015. The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer.
  • Martin, T. F. 2015 (forthcoming). A corpus of Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooches [online dataset, hosted by the Archaeological Data Service, go to http://dx.doi.org/10.5284/1028833]
  • Martin, T. F. 2015. ‘(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.
  • 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. BAR (International Series) 2408.
  • Martin, T. F. 2011. Identity and the Cruciform brooch in Early Anglo-Saxon England: An Investigation of Style, Mortuary Context and Use. PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield.  Limited content available for download from http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/2369/
  • Martin, T. F. 2010. ‘Review of  Suzuki, S. 2008. Button Brooches: Typology, Geneaology Chronology’. Available online from http://www.assemblage.group.shef.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103&Itemid=60
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