My research and teaching interests focus on the landscapes of Britain and Europe after the Roman period, and on medieval archaeology (particularly early medieval religion)
I am Director of the McCord Centre for Historic and Cultural Landscape
My roles beyond Newcastle University include the following:
• Editor, Medieval Settlement Research
• Programming Committee, International Medieval Congress
• Chair of Management Committee, Archaeology Data Service
Current and recent projects involving colleagues at Newcastle and beyond include:
• Apalirou Environs Project, Naxos
• 'As One Monastery in Two Places': Wearmouth and Jarrow in their Landscape Context
• Canvis i continuitats
• Chassenon - Cassinomagus
• CHeriScape - Cultural Heritage in Landscape
• East Yorkshire to Norfolk Historic Seascape Characterisation
• Irish Sea Historic Seascape Characterisation
• Making Christian Landscapes: Early Medieval Ireland
• Mothecombe Project
• RESTOMO: Reintroducing Stone and Mortar
• Tyne and Wear Historic Landscape Characterisation
• Unlocking Historic Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean
Colleagues working on these projects at Newcastle include Oscar Aldred, Graham Fairclough, Sophie Hueglin, Caron Newman and Alex Turner
I have organised these conferences and symposia at Newcastle and elsewhere:
• Ceramics and Atlantic Connections, 26-27 March 2014 (with Maria Duggan and Dr Mark Jackson, Newcastle University)
• Making Christian Landscapes: Conversion and Consolidation in the Early Middle Ages, 21-23 September 2012 (with Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin, UCC)
• Heartland to Frontier: MSRG Winter Seminar, 3 December 2011
• Light: a Christmas Symposium, 11 December 2009 (with Dr Mark Jackson, Newcastle University)
• Early Medieval Northumbria: Current Work and Future Directions, 11-12 February 2006 (with Dr David Petts, University of Durham) (published by Brepols as Early Medieval Northumbria: Kingdoms and Communities, 450-1100)
• Concealed Communities: Marginal and Mobile people in Late- and Post-Medieval Landscapes, 9 December 2005 (published in 2007 as a special issue of International Journal of Historical Archaeology)
The CHeriScape network is organising a series of five international conferences between 2014-2016
I am currently supervising PhD students on topics including early medieval archaeology and rural landscapes in the medieval and post-medieval periods. Please contact me if you are interested in studying for a research degree at Newcastle in any of these areas:
• Medieval or later landscape archaeology and landscape history
• Early medieval and medieval archaeology
• Management of the historic landscape
• Interdisciplinary studies in archaeology and history or other related disciplines
My current research students include:
• John Bowman 'Iron and steel in the Derwent valley'
• Maria Duggan 'Links to Late Antiquity'
• Rod Grimshaw 'Thirlmere: landscape and memory'
• Dulma Karunarathna 'The female in changing social contexts in historical societies of ancient Sri Lanka'
• Vicky Manolopoulou 'Processing emotion: litanies in Byzantine Constantinople'
My previous research students include:
• Caron Newman - PhD (2014) 'Mapping the late medieval and post medieval landscape of Cumbria'
• Sheila Newton - PhD (2014) 'Landscape change: the case of two Pennine parishes'
• Katie Green - PhD (2012) 'Rural Byzantine landscapes and societies: new approaches to characterisation and analysis'
• Janet K Lambert - PhD (2010) 'Experiencing landscape'
• Jonathan Shipley - PhD (2010) 'Concealed communities: the history and archaeology of upper Coquetdale and the College Valley during the late medieval and post-medieval periods'
• Andrew Newton - PhD (2009) 'The location of early medieval churches in Northumbria: conversion to a Christian landscape in northern England'
We undertake consultancy and applied research projects in the field of historic landscapes. My colleagues and I work particularly on applications of historic landscape and seascape characterisation. Examples include the Tyne and Wear HLC, the Irish Sea HSC and the North Sea (East Yorkshire to Norfolk) HSC
I normally lead these modules:
ARA2098 Understanding historic landscapes
ARA3013 Early medieval Britain: Anglo-Saxons, Celts, Vikings
and contribute to:
ARA1001 Stuff: living in a material world
ARA1027 Introduction to archaeology
ARA1030 Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th century
HIS1027 European history
ARA2100 Fieldwork methods and artefact analysis