Professor Dawn HadleyDawn Hadley

Professor of Medieval Archaeology; Director of Graduate Studies

Faculty Director of Graduate Studies

BA (Hons) History; PhD

Email address: D.M.Hadley@Sheffield.ac.uk

Telephone: 0114 222 2920

Room 210, Northgate House

Biography

I trained as an historian in the School of History at the University of Birmingham, and having taught medieval history at the Universities of Birmingham and Leeds, I came to Sheffield in 1996 to teach Anglo-Saxon and medieval archaeology.

Research interests

  • The society and culture of Anglo-Saxon and medieval England
  • The impact of the Vikings on Britain
  • The construction of gender, especially masculinity, in Anglo-Saxon and medieval England
  • Funerary archaeology
  • The antiquarian Thomas Bateman (1821-61)
  • The Tudor hunting lodge and working-class community at Sheffield Manor Lodge
  • The archaeology of nineteenth-century working-class communities
  • The archaeology of childhood

Current research projects / collaborations

  • Vestiges of an Antiquarian: The Thomas Bateman Archive (with Deborah Harlan and Professor John Moreland, in collaboration with Museums Sheffield)
  • From Social Display to Social Housing: Sheffield Manor Lodge (with Dr Vicky Crewe, in collaboration with Museums Sheffield; funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the University of Sheffield and the Wingate Scholarships Fund)
  • The Viking Winter Camp at Torksey (Lincolnshire) (with Prof. Julian Richards (University of York) and Dr Gareth Williams (British Museum); funded by the British Academy, Society of Antiquaries of London and the University of Sheffield)
  • Viking towns in England and Ireland (edited book in progress in collaboration with Dr Letty Ten Harkel (University of Oxford))
  • Medieval Childhood: archaeological approaches (edited book in progress)
  • Political Cultures in Sheffield (AHRC-funded cultural engagement project)

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise doctoral students in:

  • any aspect of Anglo-Saxon or medieval funerary archaeology
  • the impact of the Vikings on Britain
  • the archaeology of childhood
  • the archaeology of nineteenth-century working-class communities.

Current students

  • Alison Atkin - Profiling the dead: demographic characterisation of mass fatality incidents in the past and the present (funded by a University of Sheffield studentship)
  • Jenny Crangle – Post-depositional treatment of late medieval human remains (funded by a University of Sheffield studentship)
  • Kelly Green - Masculinity and medieval dining practices (funded by a Wolfson Scholarship)
  • Linzi Harvey - Dental health, diet and life history in medieval York (funded by a University of Sheffield studentship and a Lee Child Corporation scholarship) (first supervisor: Dr Pia Nystrom)
  • Martin Huggon - The medieval hospitals of England and Wales: investigating the archaeology of a forgotten institution (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) (first supervisor: Dr Hugh Willmott)
  • Alyxandra Mattison - Execution practices in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England (funded by a University of Sheffield studentship) (co-supervised with Dr Charles West, History)
  • Lauren McIntyre - Analysis of skeletal remains from Roman York: demography, diet and health (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council)
  • Samantha Stein – A geomorphological analysis of the Viking winter camp site at Torksey, Lincolnshire (funded by a University of Sheffield studentship)
  • Valasia Strati - The effects of industrialization on the state of health and disease of a Victorian urban population: a case study from St. Hilda’s church, South Shields (Newcastle) (first supervisor: Dr Pia Nystrom)
  • Giulia Vollono - Burial practices and identity in Lombard Italy (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) (co-supervised with Prof. John Moreland)

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Early Historic Europe
  • Later Historic Europe
  • Death and Burial in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England

Postgraduate

  • Death and Burial in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England
  • From the Age of Migrations to the Age of Discovery
  • Literacy and Textual Analysis
  • Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology
  • Death and Commemoration from Antiquity to the Modern World
  • Viking-Age Europe

Selected publications

2011 ‘Later Anglo-Saxon burial’, in The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, ed. H. Hamerow, D. Hinton and S. Crawford (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 288-314

2011 ‘Ethnicity and acculturation’, in Social History of England 900-1200, ed. In J. Crick and E. van Houts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 235-46

2010 ‘Engendering the grave in later Anglo-Saxon England’, in Proceedings of the Chacmool Conference, 2004, ed. G. McCafferty, S. Terendy, and M. Smekal (Calgary: University of Calgary Press), 121-32

2010 ‘Burying the socially and physically distinctive in and beyond the Anglo-Saxon churchyard’, in Burial in later Anglo-Saxon England, ed. J. Buckberry and A. Cherryson (Oxford: Oxbow), 101-13

2009 ‘Burial, belief and identity in later Anglo-Saxon England’, in Fifty Years of Medieval Archaeology, ed. R. Gilchrist and A. Reynolds (London: Society for Medieval Archaeology), 465-88

2009 ‘Viking raids and conquest’, in Blackwell Companion to British History, Volume 1 The Early Middle Ages, Britain and Ireland c 500-1100, ed. P. Stafford (London: Blackwell), 195-211

2009 ‘Scandinavian settlement’, in Blackwell Companion to British History, Volume 1 The Early Middle Ages, Britain and Ireland c 500-1100, ed. P. Stafford (London: Blackwell), 212-30

2008 ‘Warriors, Heroes and Companions: negotiating masculinity in Viking-Age England’, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 15, 270-84

2008 ‘Ethnicity and identity in context: the material culture of Scandinavian settlement in England in the 9th and 10th centuries’, in Identité et ethnicité : concepts, débats historiographiques, exemples (Ve-XIIe siècles), ed. V. Gazeau and P. Bauduin (Caen: CRAHM), 167-83

2007 ‘An Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery at Walkington Wold, Yorkshire’, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 26(3), 209-39 (with J.L. Buckberry)

2007 ‘The garden gives up its secret: the developing relationship between rural settlements and cemeteries, c.800-1100’, Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 14, 193-204

2006 The Vikings in England: settlement, society and culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press)

Full publications list

Other professional activities

  • Honorary Secretary of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
  • Committee member of the Medieval Settlement Research Group
  • Committee member of the Society for Childhood in the Past
  • Member of the Society for Landscape Studies
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries