My interest in archaeology was stimulated by reading books on the Greeks and Romans borrowed from the mobile library that visited our village in Ireland. I came over to Sheffield in 1977, and graduated with a 1st class honours degree. I returned in 1982 to begin a PhD (with Richard Hodges) on Settlement Patterns and Social Relations in Early Medieval Italy.
I lived in Rome for two years, and in 1988 went to America as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. I was appointed to a lectureship at Sheffield in 1989 – and have been here ever since. I was promoted to Professor in January 2010, became Head of Department in August 2010 – and am immensely proud to be head of the department where I began my archaeological career!
- President of the Hunter Archaeological Society (founded 1912) 2007 - 2010
- Editorial boards of postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies (2009 -), and Debates de Arqueología Medieval (2010 -)
- Member of the Centro Interuniversitario per la Storia e l'Archeologia dell'Alto Medioevo (Universities of Siena, Padova and Venezia).
- the use of writing in Antiquity and the Middle Ages – as a technology of control, a vehicle for resistance, and as a means of communicating with the supernatural
- the role of images (particularly the Cross) in medieval and early modern societies
- the transition from late Antiquity to the middle ages in Europe (particularly in the Britain and the Mediterranean)
- the archaeology of the Reformation
- Sheffield and its region in the Middle Ages
Current research projects / collaborations
- Vestiges of an Antiquarian: The Thomas Bateman Archive (with Deborah Harlan and Professor Dawn Hadley, in collaboration with Museums Sheffield).
- Landscape and belief in the early medieval Peak District
- Archaeology and text
I would welcome applications from students interested in pursuing research into:
- The use of writing/images in past societies
- The archaeology and history of South Yorkshire from Antiquity to the Reformation
- The archaeology of belief (particularly in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages)
- Archaeology, Theory and the Middle Ages. London: Duckworth (2010)
- Archaeology and Text. London: Duckworth (2001)
- ‘Land and power from Roman Britain to Anglo-Saxon England?’ Historical Materialism 19.1: 171-89 (2011).
- ‘Catastrophe, continuity … or Late Antiquity’, in Denis Sami and Gavin Speed (eds) Debating Urbanism: Within and Beyond the Walls: 141-44 (Leicester) (2010).
- ‘Going native, becoming German: Isotopes and identities in late Roman and early medieval England’, postmedieval 1: 142-49 (2010).
- ‘Ethnicity, power and the myth of the English’ (in Russian), Srednie Veka 70(3): 163-95 (Studies on Medieval and Early Modern History, Russian Academy of Sciences) (translated by Ilya Afanasyev) (2009)
- ‘The Farfa survey: broadening our perspective’, in F. Coarelli and H. Patterson eds. Mercator Placidissimus: The Tiber Valley in Antiquity: 779-788. Rome. (2009)
Full publications list
- `Method and theory in medieval archaeology in the 1990's'. Archeologia Medievale 18: 7 – 42 (1991).
- `The Middle Ages, theory and postmodernism'. Acta Archaeologica 68: 163 – 82 (1997).
- `Through the looking glass of possibilities: understanding the Middle Ages', in H. Hundsbichler, G. Jaritz, and T. Kühtreiber (eds.) Die Vielfalt der Dinge. Neue Wege zur Analyse mittelalterlicher Sachkultur : 85 - 116. Forschungen des Instituts Für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit. Diskussionen und Materialen Nr. 3 (1998).
- Archaeology and Text . London : Duckworth (2001)
- `Archaeology and text', Annual Review of Anthropology (2007).
- `The world(s) of the cross'. World Archaeology 31: 194-213 (1999).
- `The Bradbourne cross'. Current Archaeology 179: 456-60 (2002).
- `George Forrest Browne, early medieval sculpture and 19 th century Reformation historiography'. Journal of the British Archaeological Association 156: 150-166 (2004).
|Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages [ Farfa ]
- `Wilderness, wasteland, depopulation and the end of the Roman Empire ?' Accordia Research Papers 4: 89 – 110 (1993).
- `Ethnicity, power and the English", in B. Frazer and A. Tyrell (eds.) Social Identity in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland : 23-51 Leicester University Press (2000).
- `Concepts of the early medieval economy", in C. Wickham and I. Hansen (eds.) The Long Eighth Century : 1-34. Brill (2000).
- `The significance of production in eighth-century England ", in C. Wickham and I. Hansen (eds.) The Long Eighth Century : 69-104. Brill (2000).
- `The Carolingian empire: Rome reborn?", in S. Alcock , T. D'Altroy, K. Morrison and C. Sinopoli (eds.) Empires. Perspectives from Archaeology and History : 392-418. Cambridge University Press (2000).
- `Object, identities and cosmological authentication', Archaeological Dialogues 10: 144-49 (2003).
From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages in Central Italy
- "Excavations at Casale San Donato, Castelnuovo di Farfa (RI). Archeologia Medievale 18: 477 - 490 (with M. Pluciennik) (1991).
- "Restoring the dialectic: settlement patterns and documents in medieval central Italy ", in B. Knapp (ed.) Archaeology, Annales and Ethnohistory : 112 - 129. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (1992).
- "Excavations at Casale San Donato, Lazio , Italy ". Archeologia Medievale 20: 185 – 228 (1993).
- "Wilderness, wasteland, depopulation and the end of the Roman Empire ?" Accordia Research Papers 4: 89 – 110 (1994)
- `Casale San Donato', in C. Bertelli and G.P. Bertelli eds. Il Futuro dei Longobardi: l'Italia e la Construzione del Europa di Carlo Magno : 203-04. Skira, Milan (2000).
- "Transformations in a Sabine landscape, 200-1000AD', in forthcoming in P Attema ed. Proceedings of the 6 th Congress of Italian Archaeology. Groningen (2005).
- `Scavi a Casale San Donato (RI), 1990-94', forthcoming in Attitivà di Scavo Archaeologico di Institutioni Straniere in Italia (1975-98) (Rome). (2006)
- `The Farfa survey', forthcoming in the Papers of the British School at Rome (2007).
- A poster (prepared for prepared for the conference on The Tiber Valley in Antiquity, 27 th -28 th February 2004, British School at Rome) which summarises the projects findings can be found here (please do not cite without permission).
|Butrint Project, Albania
- " Butrint , Albania : A microcosm of Mediterranean history". Minerva 7: 9 - 13 (with R. Hodges and S. Martin) (1996).
- "Late-Antique and Byzantine Butrint: an interim report on the port and its hinterland (1994-95)". Journal of Roman Archaeology 10: 207 - 34 (with R. Hodges et al .) (1997).
- `Exposing the gaps in the long-term history of the Peak District, Derbyshire, England', in H. Thrane (ed.) Diachronic Settlement Studies in the Metal Ages of Europe : 131-39 (with Dr. Mark Edmonds). Jutland Archaeological Society, Aarhus (2004).
- See above ( Images ) for publications on the Bradbourne Cross
- The text of a paper which summarises many of the recent results of the project can be found here (please do not cite without permission – these are preliminary results).
- European Classical Civilisations
- World Civilisations
- Early Historic Europe
- Archaeology and Text
- Dark Age Britain (from 2012)
- Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology I
- Death and Commemoration
- From the Age of Migration to the Age of Discoveries
- ‘Words, objects and belief in Anglo-Saxon England’, invited paper presented at the conference on Words and Things: Texts and Material Culture in Late Antiquity, Cornell University, USA (April, 2010).
- ‘Landscape and belief in medieval England’, invited paper presented at the Recerca Avançada en Arqueologia Medieval conference, Lleida, Spain (March, 2010).
- Invited discussant, Writing as Material Practice: Substance, Surface and Medium Conference, University College London (May, 2009).
- Invited discussant, From One Sea to Another. Trade Centres in Northern Europe and Mediterranean during the Early Middle Ages, Comacchio, Italy (March, 2009).
- Invited discussant, Writing and Non-Writing Conference, Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology, University of Sheffield (January, 2009).
- Organiser of the Archaeologies of the Everyday Conference, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield (June, 2008).
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