Mark A Hall

Honorary Research Fellow

1980-83: University of Sheffield: BA (Dual Honours) Ancient and Medieval History
1986-87: University of Leicester: Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (Archaeology)
1992: Museums Association: Museums Diploma: AMA
2006: Chartered Institute for Archaeologists: MCIfA

Email: MAHall1@sheffield.ac.uk

Department address:

Department of Archaeology
University of Sheffield
Minalloy House
10 – 16 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 3NJ
United Kingdom

Profile

Biography

My research interests encompass various aspects of medieval material culture including:

  • Pictish and early medieval sculpture
  • the cult of saints
  • play, especially board games
  • cultural biography and reuse/appropriation
  • movie depictions of archaeology and the medieval past

Professional Roles

  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
  • Member of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • Member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • Member of the Finds Research Group
  • Member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology
  • Member of Society for Museum Archaeology
  • Member of European Association of Archaeologists

Honorary Research Fellowships

  • University of Glasgow, Dept. of Archaeology (appointed 2006, renewed 2015)
  • University of Sheffield, Dept. of Archaeology (appointed 2012, renewed 2015)
  • University of the Highlands and Islands (appointed 2008)

Publications

Publications

A selection of my more recent publications include:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles & Comment

  • (2016) ‘Board Games in Boat Burials: Play in the Performance of Migration and Viking Age Mortuary Practice’, European Journal of Archaeology
  • (2015) Peer Comment: ‘Capturing Biographical Trajectories of Early Medieval Sculpture, Eliseg in Context’, Internet Archaeology 39. http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.39.3.com2
  • (2015) ‘‘Merely Players…’ Playtime, material culture and medieval childhood’, in Hadley, D M and Hemer, K A (eds) Medieval Childhood: archaeological approaches, Oxford: Oxbow (Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past Monograph 3), 39-56.
  • (2015) ‘The Meigle Stones: a biographical overview’, Journal of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies 46: 15-46
  • (2012) ‘Money isn’t everything: the cultural life of coins in the medieval European town of Perth, Scotland’, Journal of Social Archaeology 12.1: 72-91
  • (2012) ‘The Carpow Bronze Age logboat: excavation, conservation and display’, in The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 41.2: 390-97 [with D Strachan and T Skinner]
  • (2011) ‘Roman rules? The Introduction of Board-games to Britain and Ireland’, in Antiquity 85. 330: 1325-1338 [with K Forsyth,]
  • (2011) ‘A Middle Bronze Age dirk from the River Tay at Friarton, Perth’ in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 17: 10-18 [With T Cowie, B O’ Connor and P Northover]
  • (2011) ‘From Holy Rood to Estate Folly: Chapters in the Cultural Biography of the Goodlyburn Cross, Perthshire, Scotland’, Review of Scottish Culture 23: 1-19 [With I Fraser and I G Scott]
  • (2011) ‘The Cult of Saints in Medieval Perth: Everyday Ritual and the Materiality of Belief’, in Journal of Material Culture 16 (1): 80-104
  • (2011) ‘The Futurama of Archaeology…’ European Journal of Archaeology 14 (1-2): 274-76
  • (2009) ‘The Lewis hoard of gaming pieces: a re-examination of their context, meanings, discovery and manufacture’, Medieval Archaeology 53: 155-203 [with D Caldwell & C Wilkinson]
  • (2009) ‘A pair of merels boards on a stone block from Church Hole Cave, Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire, England’, The Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire 112: 135-42 [with P Pettitt]
  • (2007) ‘The Early Medieval Origin of Perth, Scotland’, Radiocarbon 49.2: 639-44 [with D W Hall, G T Cook, G K P Muir, D Hamilton & E M Scott]
  • (2007) ‘Gaming Piece’, in Cox, A et al. (eds) ‘Excavations at Horse Cross, Perth’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 13: 112-206, at 177-78
  • (2006) ‘An Early Anglo-Saxon Harness Mount from South Leckaway, Forfar, Scotland’, Medieval Archaeology 50: 249-59 [with T Dickinson and C Fern]
  • (2006) ‘What’s Cooking?: New Radiocarbon Dates from the Earliest Phases of the Perth High Street Excavations and the Question of Perth’s Early Medieval Origin’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 135: 273-85 [with D Hall and G Cook]
  • (2005) ‘Of Holy Men and Heroes: The Cult of Saints in Medieval Perthshire’, Innes Review 56.1: 60-87
  • (2005) ‘The Whitby Merels Board’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 77: 25-9
  • (2005) ‘Romancing the Stones: Archaeology in Popular Cinema’, European Journal of Archaeology 7(2): 159-76
  • (2005) ‘The Early Medieval Sculptures from Murthly, Perthshire: An Interdisciplinary Look at People, Politics and Monumental Art’, in Foster, S & Cross, M (eds) Able Minds and Practised Hands Scotland’s Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century, Leeds: Maney (Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 23), 293-314 [with I Henderson and I G Scott]
  • (2005) ‘A Renaissance Carved Figurative Wooden Panel from Bridgend, Perth, Scotland’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 11: 75-81
  • (2005) ‘John of Strathearn and Robert Muschamp: two men of Strathearn and their seal matrices’, in Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 11: 81-88
  • (2002-03) ‘Some Perthshire Fairs and Markets AD 700-1900’, Review of Scottish Culture 16: 44-57
  • (2004) ‘Vitrified rocks from Dun Knock Hillfort, Dunning, Perthshire’, in Tayside & Fife Archaeol. J. 10: 65-72 [with C H Donaldson and S Allison]
  • (2002) ‘A Probable Scottish Hoard of the Late Sixteenth Century’, in British Numismatics Journal 72: 176-80 [with N M McQ Holmes]
  • (2002) ‘Inchyra, Perthshire’, in R Abdy, I Leins and J Williams (eds) Coin Hoards from Roman Britain Vol. XI: 119-21 (Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication No 36) (with D Bateson)
  • (2001) ‘An ivory knife handle from the High Street, Perth, Scotland: consuming ritual in a medieval burgh’, Medieval Archaeology XLV: 169-88
  • (2001) ‘Late Bronze Age metalwork from Scottish rivers: a rediscovered sword from the river Forth near Cambus, Clackmannanshire, in its wider context’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 7: 1-15 (with T Cowie)
  • (2001) ‘A double-sided Hnefatafl board from Cathedral Hill, Downpatrick: Time consumed in an early medieval monastic enclosure’, Lecale Miscellany – Journal of the Lecale Historical Society 19: 31-6. Also available on-line on the Down Museum website at: www.downcountymuseum.com and follow links through Collections and Research and Publications.
  • (2001) ‘A possible merels board incised on the pre-conquest cross-base at Addingham St Michael’s Church, Cumbria’, Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society 1 (New Series): 45-51
  • (2001 for 1999) ‘A bone die from Whichford Castle, Warwickshire,’ Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society Transactions 102: 84-7
  • (2000) ‘A group of late medieval carved wooden panels in Perth Museum & Art Gallery – their provenance and date’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 6: 189-99 (with A Crone and R Fawcett)
  • (2000) ‘Of makings and meanings: towards a cultural biography of the Crieff Burgh Cross, Strathearn Perthshire’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 6: 154-88 (with K Forsyth, I Henderson, I Scott, R Trench-Jellicoe and A Watson)
  • (1998) ‘A Tristram and Iseult Mirror Case from Perth: reflections on the production and consumption of romance culture’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 4: 150-65 (with D D R Owen)
  • (1998) ‘A probable gaming board from Ormiston, Newburgh, Fife’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 4: 145-9
  • (1998) ‘A sculptured fragment from Pittensorn Farm, Gellyburn, Perthshire’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 4: 129-44 (with I Henderson and S Taylor)
  • (1996) ‘A Decorated Antler Disc from Scopwick, Lincolnshire’, The Antiquaries Journal 76: 234-7 (with Kevin Leahy)
  • (1996) ‘A Renaissance Intaglio from Wakefield, West Yorkshire’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 68: 245-7 (with Martin Henig)
  • (1996) ‘The Late Bronze Age Hoard from Corrymuckloch, near Amulree, Perthshire: an interim report’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 2: 60-9 (with T Cowie, B O’ Connor and R Tipping)
  • (1993) ‘Community Education: the Evening Class Experience’, in Journal of Education in Museums 14: 1-2 (with Don Henson)

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Books

  • (2016) “Pennies from Heaven”: Money in Ritual in Medieval Europe, in Haselgrove, C., and Krmnicek, S. (eds) The Archaeology of Money, Proceedings of the Workshop ‘Archaeology of Money’, University of Tubingen October 2013, Leicester: University of Leicester (Leicester Archaeology Monograph 24), 137-59
  • (2015) ‘Jeux sans Frontières: Play and Performativity or Questions of Identity and Social Interaction Across Town and Country’ in Jervis, B, Broderick, L and Grau-Sologestoa, I (eds) Objects, Environment and Everyday Life in Medieval Europe, Turnhout: Brepols (Studies in the History of Daily Life 800-1600), 189-214
  • (2015) ‘Lifeways in stone: memories and matter-reality in early medieval sculpture from Scotland’, in Williams, H, Gondek, M and Kirton, J (eds) Early Medieval Stone Monuments Materiality, Biography, Landscape, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 182-215
  • (2014) The Lewis Chessmen: New Perspectives, Edinburgh: NMS Publishing/SAS (with D Caldwell (eds))
  • (2014) ‘”To you he left … his brown ivory chessmen”: cultural value in the Lewis hoard of gaming pieces’, in Caldwell, D and Hall, M A (eds) The Lewis Chessmen: New Perspectives, Edinburgh: NMS Publishing/SAS, 221-42
  • (2014) ‘Board of the Kings: The Material Culture of Playtime in Scotland AD 1-1600’, in Teichert, M (ed.) Sport und Spiel bei den Germanen, Nordeuropa von der römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter, Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter (Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexikon der germanischen Altertumskunde Band 88), 163-196
  • (2013) ‘The Quick and the Deid: A Scottish Perspective on Caring for Human Remains at Perth Museum and Art Gallery’, in Giesen, M (ed.) Curating Human Remains Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 75-86
  • (2013) ‘Tethering Time and Tide? Human Remains Guidance and Legislation for Scottish Museums’, in Giesen, M (ed.) Curating Human Remains Caring for the Dead in the United Kingdom, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 65-74 (with J Sharp)
  • (2012) ‘L’archéologie ou la tentation de l’aventure’ (‘Archaeology or The Temptation to Adventure’), in Sauvage, C (ed.) S’ilence On Fouille! L’archéologie entre science et fiction, ARCHÉA Archéologie en Pays de France, 64-81
  • (2012) ‘Devotion and Belief on the Perth High Street’, in various authors Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 2 Ceramics, metalwork, religious and wooden objects’, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 203-220 (with Brian Spencer)
  • (2012) ‘Dress rings, lead mounts and a pewter token’, in Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 2 Ceramics, metalwork, religious and wooden objects, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 199-202 (with J Cherry and D Bateson)
  • (2012) ‘The coins and tokens’, in Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 2 Ceramics, metalwork, religious and wooden objects, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 119-122 (with V Smart)
  • (2012) ‘Three stones, one landscape and many stories: cultural biography of the early medieval sculptures of Inchyra and St Madoes, Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire, Scotland’, in Dudley, S, Barnes, A J, Binnie, J, Petrov J and Walklate, J (eds) Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories Routledge, (volume 2 Material Worlds Conference Proceedings and Festschrift in Honour of Prof Susan Pearce), 85-102
  • (2011) ‘The Worked Bone’, in Bogdan, N Q and Smith, C et al. Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 4 Living and working in a medieval Scottish burgh, Environmental remains and miscellaneous finds, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 97-17, at 102-3, 111 & illus 52 (contribution to A MacGregor)
  • (2011) ‘The stone objects’, in Bogdan, N Q and Smith, C et al. Perth High Street Archaeological Excavation 1975-77 Fascicule 4 Living and working in a medieval Scottish burgh, Environmental remains and miscellaneous finds, Perth: Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee, 127-38 (with C Smith and J Lawson Brown)
  • (2011) ‘Playtime: The Material Culture of Gaming in Medieval Scotland’, in T Cowan and L Henderson (eds) A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland 1000-1600, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (A History of Everyday Life in Scotland), 145-68
  • (2011) ‘Tales from Beyond the Pict: Sculpture and its Uses in and Around Forteviot, Perthshire from the 9th century Onwards’, in Driscoll, S, Geddes, J and Hall, M A (eds) Pictish Progress: new studies on North Britain in the Early Middle Ages, Leiden: Brill, 135-68
  • (2011) Pictish Progress: new studies on North Britain in the Early Middle Ages, Leiden: Brill.
  • (2011) ‘Sideways: Face-play on the edge of some Scottish pot-querns or A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Abbey…’ in Hardwick, P (ed.) The Playful Middle Ages, Meanings of Play and Plays of Meaning: Essays in Memory of Elaine C. Block, Turnhout: Brepols, 93-123 (with S Driscoll and J Geddes)
  • (2010) ‘Wo/men Only? Marian Devotion in Medieval Perth’, in Boardman, S and Williamson, E (eds) The Cult of Saints and the Virgin Mary in Medieval Scotland, Woodbridge (Boydell), 105-24
  • (2010) ‘A New Look At The Late Bronze Age Metalwork From The Tay’, in Strachan, D (ed.) Carpow in Context: A Late Bronze Age Logboat from the River Tay, Edinburgh, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 149-60 (with T Cowie)
  • (2010) ‘Discovery, Excavation and Recovery’, in Strachan, D (ed.) Carpow in Context: A Late Bronze Age Logboat from the River Tay, Edinburgh, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 27-56 (with D Strachan and M Cressey)
  • (2010) The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked, Edinburgh (NMS Publishing) (with D Caldwell and C Wilkinson)
  • (2009) ‘Making the Past Present: Cinematic Narratives of the Middle Ages’, in R Gilchrist & A Reynolds (eds) Reflections: 50 Years of Medieval Archaeology, 1957-2007, Leeds: Maney (Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 30), 489-512
  • (2007) ‘Liminality and Loss: the Material Culture of St Serf’s Priory, Loch Leven, Kinross-shire, Scotland’, in Ballin Smith, B, Taylor, S and Williams, G (eds) West Over Sea: Studies in Scandinavian Sea-Borne Expansion and Settlement Before 1300, A Festschrift in Honour of Dr. Barbara E Crawford, Leiden (Brill), 379-400
  • (2007) ‘Crossing the Pilgrimage Landscape: Some Thoughts on a Holy Rood Reliquary from the River Tay at Carpow, Perth & Kinross, Scotland’, in Blick, S (ed.) Beyond Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges Essays in Honour of Brian Spencer, Oxford: Oxbow, 75-91
  • (2007) Playtime in Pictland: The Material Culture of Gaming in Early Medieval Scotland, The Groam House Museum Academic Lecture for 2006, Rosemarkie
  • (2007) ‘Context and Meaning: Some New Discoveries of Early Medieval Metalwork from Perthshire, Scotland’, in Moss, R (ed.) Making and Meaning in Insular Art: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Insular Art, Dublin, August 2005, Dublin, 70-78
  • (2002) ‘A pair of denarii from Findo Gask, Strathearn, Perthshire’, in Woolliscroft, D J The Roman Frontier on the Gask Ridge, Perth and Kinross: an interim report on the Roman Gask Project 1995-2000, BAR British Series 335, Oxford: Archaeopress
  • (2002) The Collectors Voice Volume 3 – Imperial Voices, Aldershot: Ashgate (with S Pearce, R Flanders and F Morton (eds))
  • (2002) ‘Chapter IV Literary Voices’, in Pearce, S, Flanders, R, Hall, M and Morton, F (eds) The Collectors Voice Volume 3 – Imperial Voices, Aldershot: Ashgate, 173-279
  • (2001) ‘Gaming-Board Badges’, in van Beuningen, H J E, Koldeweij, A M and Kicken, D (eds) Heilig en Profaan 2 – 1200 Laatmiddeleeuwse Insignes uit openbare en particuliere collecties, Rotterdam papers 12 (Cothen), 173-78
  • (2000) ‘In the Popular Gaze: Museums in the Movies’, in Pearce, S Researching Material Culture, Leicester Archaeology Monographs 8/ Material Culture Research Group Occasional Papers 1, 87-115