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)
• Editor, Medieval Settlement Research
• Programming Committee, International Medieval Congress, Leeds
• Management Committee, Archaeology Data Service
I am Director of Research for the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.
I convene the School's Landscapes and Monuments Research Strand and co-convene Med.LA.B - a forum for early medieval, late Antique and Byzantine research
Current and recent projects involving colleagues at Newcastle and beyond include:
• 'As One Monastery in Two Places': Wearmouth and Jarrow in their Landscape Context
• Chassenon - Cassinomagus
• East Yorkshire to Norfolk Historic Seascape Characterisation
• Irish Sea Historic Seascape Characterisation
• Making Christian Landscapes: Early Medieval Ireland
• Mothecombe Project
• Tyne and Wear Historic Landscape Characterisation
• Unlocking Historic Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean
Researchers working on these projects at Newcastle include Oscar Aldred, Sarah Collins, Sabrina Pietrobono and Alex Turner
I have organised these conferences and symposia at Newcastle and elsewhere:
• 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)
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:
• Katie Green 'Rural Byzantine landscapes and societies: new approaches to characterisation and analysis'
• Caron Newman 'Mapping late- and post-medieval landscapes in Cumbria'
• Sheila Newton 'Landscape change and innovation: the case of two Pennine parishes'
• Rod Grimshaw 'Thirlmere: landscape and memory'
• Maria Duggan 'Links to Late Antiquity'
• Vicky Manolopoulou 'Processing emotion: litanies in Byzantine Constantinople'
• Dulma Karunarathna 'The female in changing social contexts in historical societies of ancient Sri Lanka'
My previous research students include:
• 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 projects in the field of historic landscapes. My colleagues and I work particularly on practical projects and 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:
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