M e d•L A•B
MatthewEarly Medieval, Late Antique & Byzantine Research Forum

MedLAB is an interdisciplinary forum based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University. Its aims are to provide a focus for researchers in the field by reviewing and discussing recent work, hosting research seminars and symposia, providing feedback on its members’ developing papers and proposals, and stimulating new projects. MedLAB is open to all interested researchers at Newcastle University including staff and postgraduate students. All are welcome to attend MedLAB events.

Around twenty academic staff and PhD students at Newcastle take part, plus about ten MA students each year.


Our interests range from Iceland to Armenia via Britain, western Europe, Scandinavia and Byzantium. MedLAB events are currently coordinated by Sam Turner and Maria Duggan.

2015-2016 Seminars and Events

Günder Varinlioğlu, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
The Boğsak Archaeological Survey in Rough Cilicia (Turkey)
Monday 21st September 2015, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.50

Sam Turner, Mark Jackson, Jim Crow, Alex Turner, Joe Skinner, Stelios Lekakis, Vicky Manolopoulou and Maria Duggan, Newcastle University, McCord Centre for Historic and Cultural Landscape; University of Edinburgh
Archaeological Research in the East Mediterranean 2015: update on the Apalirou Environs Project,
Naxos and the Boğsak Survey, Turkey
Thursday 5th November 2015, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.16

Patrick Gleeson, Newcastle University
(Joint seminar with the Archaeology seminar series)
'Building kingdoms and ruling landscapes: practices of kingship in the Atlantic World'
Thursday 12th November 2015, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.16

Scott Ashley, Newcastle University
(Classics and Ancient History Seminar)
Gens Perfida: The transformation of Roman ethnography from Caesar to Charlemagne'
Wednesday 25th November, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.50

Martin Goldberg, National Museum of Scotland
Early Medieval objects in the National Museum of Scotland/British Museum ‘Celts’ exhibition
Thursday 28th January 2016, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.16

Philip Garrett, Newcastle University
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Thursday 25th February 2016, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.16

Brian Lacey, Independent Scholar; CEO Discovery Programme (retired)
Joint seminar with the Bernician Studies Group
Cenél nEógain dynasty: Aldfrith of Northumbria's Donegal cousins
Thursday 21st April 2016, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.16

Gareth Williams, British Museum
Coinage after Rome: the transition from Roman to Anglo Saxon coinage in England
Thursday 5th May 2016, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.16

Demetris Athanassoulis (Ephor of the Cyclades, Greek Ministry of Culture).
Medieval Castles of the Peloponnese (5th-15th c.): an Overview
Thursday 12th May 2016, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.16

Carlo Citter, University of Siena
New Tools for Landscape Archaeology
Thursday 19th May 2016, 5pm, Armstrong Building 2.16

Professor R. G. Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania
New perspectives on Byzantine Cappadocia
Tuesday 31st May 2016, 12-1.30pm, Armstrong Building 2.50


Maria Duggan or Sam Turner

Past Events