Professor Sam Turner
Professor of Archaeology / Director, McCord Centre

Research Interests

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)

Research Roles

I am Director of the McCord Centre for Historic and Cultural Landscape 

I also convene the School's Landscapes Research Strand and co-convene Med.LA.B - a forum for early medieval, late Antique and Byzantine research 

My roles beyond Newcastle University include the following:
• Editor, Medieval Settlement Research
• Programming Committee, International Medieval Congress 
• Chair of Management Committee, Archaeology Data Service

Research Projects

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
N-LINK
RESTOMO: Reintroducing Stone and Mortar
Tyne and Wear Historic Landscape Characterisation
Unlocking Historic Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean

Researchers working on these projects at Newcastle include Oscar Aldred, 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

Postgraduate Supervision

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'

Industrial Relevance

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

Projects

I am currently on research leave (Semester 2, 2014-15), so not teaching as normal

Undergraduate Teaching

I normally lead these modules:
ARA1030 Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th century
ARA2098 Understanding historic landscapes
ARA3029 Early medieval churches of Europe
and contribute to:
ARA1027 Introduction to archaeology
ARA2100 Fieldwork Methods and Artefact Analysis
ARA3023 Dissertation

Postgraduate Teaching

I lead this module: 
ARA8180 Early medieval Britain and Europe
and contribute to:
ARA8090 Themes, theories and methods in archaeology
ARA8100 Recording historic buildings